When Tragedy Hits, Will You Be Prepared?

Today I want to share a guest post from a faithful reader. She sent me an e-mail, and I asked permission to use it here. I’m very encouraged to hear testimonies of how the Lord continues to use Titus2 to inspire believers all over! — Sarah

Just heard my alarm go off here in what they call a “respite room” off the Neuro ICU. I thanked God for another day He’s given me and quickly checked my phone.

I found your Susannah birthday blog post. As I read through it, my mind went back to just 6-7 short days ago, before we landed ourselves here, how that 5:15am alarm would signify that it was time to get up and dress for my 6am 5k jog on the treadmill. Before heading to sweat and pant for 30 minutes, 🙂 my first stop was always the quiet, peaceful family room, where I spend my quiet time with the Lord. During those 30-40 minutes, which ALWAYS pass by all too fast, I get to draw closer to the One Who’s saved me, transformed me from the inside out, loves me, and is still renewing me day by day. He always has something to share with me through His Word and His Spirit, and I quickly jot down all I learn, knowing that when the hustle and bustle of the day begins, writing it down will help what I learned to “lock in” so I can remember it to guide me through the day, or use it help another along their way.

When that pre-alarm goes off on my phone saying “almost treadmill time!”, I feel like I’ve been interrupted and haven’t really finished, although I know He’s called me get up, take care of my body, and be the best wife/mother I can be for these gifts He’s placed in my life.

And so goes pretty much every weekday around here. Just a normal, ordinary routine.

That’s also how last Thursday began, same as usual. When my husband kissed me goodbye that morning to go to 3 pretty basic appointments, little did I know we’d be spending the following night together in the ER, in an ambulance with lights and sirens on, and pondering the words of the doctors’ initial report: “bleeding in the brain.”

Your blog post made me really ponder how important it is to spend time with the Lord every day because His Word indeed is bread to the eater. It feeds us and nourishes us and sustains us, and will be the only thing that carries us through when calamity hits.

But beyond that, it’s also seed to the sower. Our private times with Him will also give us something that we can give to someone else, whether it’s our children that we’ll be around most of the day, an ICU nurse that doesn’t know Him, or whoever God places across our path.

What came out of Nathan and Melanie (and the rest of you) as you walked through those days is STILL giving seed to the sower today! Encouraging others, fueling their faith, proclaiming his power, and spreading the truths of the peace only He can give. 11 years later! Wow.

If I had the platform of readers that y’all had, I’d encourage them to make daily Bible and prayer time with the Lord their #1 priority in life TODAY—during the routine, repetitive day to day lifestyle. NOT when tragedy comes. Time spent in His Word is time that you’ll never regret.


Marina and family

PS – the happy ending to this story is Marina’s husband is home and doing very well.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”
Psalm 119:103

12 thoughts on “When Tragedy Hits, Will You Be Prepared?”

  1. God bless her! She made me think back to when my brother-in-law was having life threatening seizures back in 2012. It’s strange, but it never crossed my mind to get bitter at God…we all drew closer to Him through that time. Likewise, I am happy to report that he had surgery on the irregular blood vessel causing the problem and today, he is totally fine! He is off all medication and loving his six member family! God is so good!

  2. Such a true reminder! Those quiet moments aren’t just needed in emergency’s though; as a young mom they are needed in the busyness of days filled with everything that comes with three small boys!

    When I take the time with the Lord in the morning, even if it’s only prayer, the day goes so differently! It seems those quiet moments also quiet my own heart, before the noise of the day starts. And it seems a quiet heart is also one of patience, grace and joy!

    1. HMH,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. You are so right. Young mommies need that quiet time with the Lord so much! Bless you as you raise your boys!

  3. What a wonderful, beautiful, gentle reminder of what’s most important. Thank you so much, Marina, for sharing this with Sarah; thank you, Sarah, for recognizing a very helpful admonition, and for sharing it with all of us. I am really taking this to heart. Our Lord is so good!

  4. “…the same sufferings are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.” from 1 Peter 5:6-9

    Thanks for sharing this post.
    I remember when I had a miscarriage, particularly the second one because I knew I was pregnant for that one, that the feeling of grief and depression was so heavy. But His kind intention was to bless me in the end. As with Job, our tests and trials are always for our good without a shadow of any doubt! “What He’s done for others, He will do for you” as the hymn says.

    I share Marina’s love of the quiet times with the Lord that have been established in my life due to the Maxwell family’s ministry. He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother indeed!

    I love Miranda’s heart for sharing the glory of God and His love – how can we not share such a great grace with others, when we’ve received so much!

    Power and might be with you all, to be led by Him this day.

    1. Amen! Yes, those trials really do test us and see where our hearts are. God loves us so much, and He delights in us as His children. I’m reading through the Bible, and I’m in Job currently so it’s interesting you mention him. YES! Job was a beautiful example of trusting in the midst of incredibly hard times!

  5. What a powerful testimony this is to why our Bible/Prayer time is so vital and just as important on the normal days as the times of crisis. Wow. Thank you so much for sharing her email with us.

  6. Great reminder to be grateful for the ordinary days, which I usually tend to be ungrateful for, complain about, and wish away!

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