What Luck

Jim Coyle

As a police officer, I have responded to numerous accidents where we were amazed at the fact that the person involved was not killed.  Before accepting Christ as my Savior and knowing what God's Word said, my thought would be, "How lucky can you be"?  As Christians, we know that what most people consider luck is actually God's plan for us.  When it comes to life and death situations, we know that God is in control.

Psalm 139:13-16 says this.  "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be."

I recently read a story of a survivor of the Colorado Dark Knight movie shooting.  It is an example of the truth of these verses.  Petra Anderson is a young lady who was hit by a shotgun blast.  Three pellets entered her body, one entering in the area of her nose passing through her brain and stopping at the back of her head.  She not only survived, but did not suffer major brain damage.  How could this happen?

Her doctor explains that Petra’s brain has had from birth a small “defect” in it.  It is a tiny channel of fluid running through her skull.  Only a CAT scan would catch it, and Petra would have never noticed it.  But in Petra’s case, the shotgun buck shot entered her brain from the exact point of this defect.  Like a marble through a small tube, the defect channeled the bullet from Petra’s nose through her brain.  It turns slightly several times, and comes to rest at the rear of her brain.  And in the process, the bullet misses all the vital areas of the brain. (Huffington Post 8-1-12)

After reading this story, we need to decide if she was lucky or if a loving, all-knowing God created her with a "defect" so that she could live all the days He ordained for her.

What do you think?

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