O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever…

To those of you following my 31 day Scripture Challenge, this post will explain why I was unable to post day 21!

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.”
Lamentations 3:22

Yesterday was one of those days where I stood dumbfounded by God’s mercy and protection. God is so good and so merciful. Far beyond what I can comprehend! I am not a writer but I do want to proclaim God’s goodness this early morning to any who may stumle upon my blog. So bear with me. :)
The pictures really say it all but a little background is necessary. Yesterday my parents and younger brothers & sisters, loaded up in our bus packed full of clothing, laptops, and fishing polls with our suburban in tow heading to Texas. A couple of my sisters and I stayed back and were suppose to follow in a few days after we finished some work. It wasn’t until 3pm I received a call that made my heart stop a few seconds.
Heading down I35, my family hit something on the road. A few minutes later, suspecting they had a flat tire, my Dad pulled over and  jumped out to take a look while everyone else stayed inside. I am not sure if the tire was flat but I do know the underneath side of the shuttle bus was on fire! My Dad attempted to put it out but it was spreading too fast.  Those inside started noticing smoke pour from under the seats and quickly filed out of the bus, leaving everything but themselves. Within 10 minutes the bus with a full tank of fuel was completely engulfed in flames. The fire could not be put out. After I my mom called letting me know what was going on, I made the 4 hour drive down to the location with my sisters. The longest 4 hour drive of my life.  We were all reminded of Matthew 6:19-20 as we looked over the bus and suburban and dug through the rubble this evening.
My heart is filled with gratitude to the Lord yet gratitude doesn’t even seem a big enough word to describe it! It was by the grace of God that my dad pulled over when he did and my family made it out safely.

God is good!

This is our bus…

Where is your treasure today?
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21

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"Come now, and let us reason together," says the Lord, "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword"; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." Isaiah 1:18-20

13 thoughts on “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever…

    1. Thank you, Hannah! The material loss, although from the world’s view rather large, to us is minor in the scope of things. A wonderful reminder that moths and rust destroy, thieves break in and steal and yes, fire consumes.

    1. Very shaky!! When I first saw the bus was completely speechless and overwhelmed. It is still a little hard to grasp but only because because of God’s mercy and love, all my brothers, sisters, and parents were spared! Thank you so much for your kindness. It means so much to us!!

  1. “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?” 2 Peter 3:10-12

  2. Great to know that everyone in your family is okay. Praise God for His protection over all of you!

    It goes to show that God guards our paths every single day and moment. All it takes is some little thing to go wrong in a vehicle and it could burst into flames. God protection is seen in every normal day and in every normal occurrence. And when things are not so normal!

    1. Yes, that is really true! I was thinking about that yesterday. It is definitely a miracle that we even get out of bed in the morning and make it through a “normal” day! But sometimes we take it for granted until something like this happens.

  3. So glad to hear that you all made it out safely. What a scary incident, and a terrifying phone call!

    What an incredible testimony to God’s goodness, and protection!
    Emily

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