My heart is broken this week for a family whose life was turned upside down by a tragedy that has left them forever changed. The Cretzman’s are a beautiful young couple from Canada who, along with their two young children, have spent the past year preparing to serve as missionaries to Cuba. However, on Monday, a patch of black ice on I-74 near Mt.Airy sent their car off the road causing an accident that fatally wounded their 3 year old daughter Azlynn and left her mom, Lana, with serious injuries.
I have such great admiration for parents of small children who are willing to step out in faith and onto the mission field. I am sure there were people who gave the Cretzmen’s a hard time about their choice to serve as missionaries. As someone who has taken her own children on short term missions trips, I’ve had a taste of that criticism from well meaning friends and family members who say things like, “But, it’s so dangerous, why would you put yourself and your child at risk?” or, “Aren’t there things you can do right here in the US? Can’t you help people in our own country where it’s safer?”
But, the truth is that our days are all numbered. In Psalm 139:16 it says, “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Does that mean we should take unnecessary risks with our lives? No, of course not. But, it does mean that we should not allow fear of suffering or death to stop us from following God’s will for our lives, even if that leads us into situations that some would consider unsafe. And, since we never know which day is our last we should spend them wisely, serving Him.
I think it’s very fitting that the verse that the Cretzman’s have chosen a section of Ephesians 5 as verse to guide their mission. It says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
I have been working at WBFJ since September 2004 when God threw me out of the boat I was riding in and set me on a new and wonderful course. I love co-hosting the morning show, although the lack of sleep does make me a bit loopy at times.
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