I have been so sad.
"How do you even face this?" I asked my husband this question Sunday morning. I woke up and scanned facebook early Sunday morning. I noticed a few messages to Julee, a girl I grew up with, that got me very worried. Finally about an hour later, after frantically searching facebook and news websites, my friend texted and confirmed the shocking and devastating news I was beginning to suspect.
Matt Turner died in a car accident Saturday night. He was 32 years old. He and Julee have a 10 month old miracle baby. I grew up with Matt and Julee but I probably haven't seen or talked to either one of them in person since I graduated from college 8 years ago. We were never best friends or anything like that, but I have very dear memories with them both from cheerleading and some local TV stuff and just growing up in a small town together.
I am so sad for Julee. I am so sad for Lisa.
"How do you even face this?" I have been in constant prayer for Julee, Lisa, Andy, Preslee, and all the Bell's, Wingfields, and the host of other family and friends that are suffering. I have prayed and cried, not asking why - we will never know this side of heaven- but just asking God for their comfort, their healing, and a peace that surpasses all understanding to surround them all.
And then I hug my husband and my babies and thank the Lord for every minute I've had with them and all my other family and friends. I can't do or say anything to make this situation easier for Matt's family and close friends, but I've asked the Lord just to prompt me when any of them need extra prayers. To wake me up in the middle of the night if they need to be lifted up in prayer, to put them on my heart any time. All I can do is pray.
God is so good. The world is not. I've already seen the Lord glorified through this hard situation. Just watching the news stories, seeing all the social media outpouring, and reading Julee's words show what an awesome, loving heavenly Father we have.
Join me in covering this family in prayer today and in the weeks and months to come.
I read this verse yesterday: "He (the Lord) is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." Colossians 1:17