So there are some new things to share with you about our ministry here in Las Vegas.... but I'll get to those in a different post. This post is for Cora. Of course, she would be embarrassed if she knew I was posting this, but that's okay. Sometimes moms have to share how proud they are of their kids.
As most of you know, someone tried to blow my jeep up 2 weeks ago. We don't know why. We're hoping and assuming it was just a random act of violence and had nothing to do with our family. Either way, it shook me to the core. What got me the most is that I park directly under Cora's bedroom window. Had it actually blown up....well, I can't even process all of that.
God took care of us, however. He had a very strong wind blowing that night and the fire went out just before hitting the gas tank. The jeep had to be repaired, of course, but nothing too major and no one was harmed.
Why do things like this happen? Why do horrible things happen to seemingly good people? ....
People asked how the kids were handling it. Did we tell them? Yes. Were they scared or upset? I don't think so. Etc. Etc. Etc. JD thought it was cool when the CSI showed up, put up crime scene tape and took DNA from us to compare it to any they found on the vehicle.
We also got all sorts of people asking, "So you have any enemies?" or "How did THAT happen?" One man stopped me in the car line while I was dropping Cora off at school. He apparently has a Commander just like ours and was wondering what happened to the side of ours. I told him and then dropped Cora off and left. Well, it turns out he was the photographer there to take school pictures that day. When Cora got home she told me that when she went in to take her picture he recognized her and started talking to her. She told him about our church and what we believe.
I really wasn't sure how Cora was feeling about the whole "car blowing up" situation until we went to pick it up from the body shop on Friday. Cora and I were standing there waiting on the man to bring us the papers to sign. Cora was looking at the area where the burns had been then looked up at me.
"I'm kinda glad this happened to the jeep."
"You are? Why"
"Because, if it hadn't happened I would have never gotten to tell that man about our church and about God." "Well, God even uses bad things for His good."
I don't think I have ever been more proud, more excited, more humbled as a mom than at that moment. She gets it. She gets what it's all about...Why we're here in Las Vegas instead of in Arkansas with our family. God has a plan for us. God has a plan for Cora! Even in the tough times, even in the scary or unknown, He is there, working. He sometimes allows bad things to happen so that He can show His power and His glory through them....
Even through an 8 year old little girl....with more wisdom than many adults.