Some years ago, a friend of mine was involved in a serious car accident on his way home from work. As he crossed through an intersection, another car ran the light and crashed into the side of his car. As he sat trapped in his vehicle waiting for help, he could smell the fuel from the severed fuel line. So, by the time the fire department arrived, he was freaking out. “Get me out of here! Get me out of here! You need to get me out of here.” was all he kept yelling at them.
As the firefighters were working to free him from his vehicle, one of them climbed in through the passenger window and covered him with a foil blanket and said, “Hey buddy, buddy, look at me!” When my friend finally made eye contact the firefighter continued, “They’re doing the best they can to get you out of here as fast as they can and I want you to know this, I am here with you and we are both getting out of this car or we are not getting out of this car. From this moment until this is over our fates are intertwined and our destinies are linked. For better or worse, what happens to you, happens to me.”
When we welcomed our children home we told them that our destinies were intertwined and our fates were linked. We told them that from that day until our last we were in this thing together. What we effectively did was climb into the car with them. I often think of the story of Ruth and Naomi when I think about our kids. When Naomi tried to send her daughters back to their mothers Ruth told her that she would never leave. May we always remember the commitment we made to our kids no matter the challenges we face. May we always love them well just the same way we did when we decided to climb into the car with them.
Lord, thank you for the example of Ruth. Help me to remember that my kids are a blessing from you so that I may love them well in good times and bad. Help me to never forget that we are in this together. In Jesus name, Amen
“Wherever you go, I will go” – Ruth 1:16 (NLT)
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