You're probably thinking how did He not make this weekly entry before now? Well if I remember correctly when I first started doing this weekly thing I made an oath that I would not use the obvious things like God, family and friends. If I didn't, I could do one on all of them every week. However, after a day like today I have no choice but to thank God for how great He is.
I woke this morning and noticed that I had two missed phone calls from Elijah and Mariah's Mom at 3:30am. Jay would only be calling that early if it was something important, but there were no calls nor any texts from her following that so I didn't think too much of it. Still, I called her around 6am to see what the calls were about (ed. note: for those that don't know...I purposely don't have my voicemail set up so it's not like she could leave a message). She told me that Mariah was in a serious car accident. The car was totalled. She was rushed to the hospital and was currently in critical condition.
I really couldn't hear much more after that little bit. I just broke down. Not only was she talking about my oldest child but also my only daughter. Yes, I know we're parents don't have favorites when it comes to their children. But again...that was my first born. My only daughter. The only thing that saved me from being a total wreck was that Jay said she was alert, wasn't paralyzed and was cognizant of what was going on. Those were encouraging signs. Still, hearing her following that up with the news that an MRI was needed and there may be surgery required did not help at all.
Even in spite of that news, I tried to get some work done. I lasted all of about 30 minutes before I realized that wasn't going to happen. I had to find a way to get down to Dallas. I had handled far too many accident claims to know that if there was a chance for surgery to be needed then there was a chance for something to go wrong. No way I could be hundreds of miles away if that were to happen.
Getting a plane ticket there would have been ideal. Unfortunately, I don't have those kind of ends. I had no choice but to drive. It's bad enough that the GPS was telling me it was an 11+ hour trip. That was the longest 11+ hours EVER. It was made even more bittersweet when I got a phone call form Mariah herself about an hour into the driver. She was calling me from her hospital bed. I have NEVER heard her sound so horrible. Then to hear her say that she hurt all over was too much for me. I had to pull over from being so shaken up.
By the time we finally rolled into Dallas it was after visiting hours. The nurses understood and let me in to see Mariah with no problem. I was surprised at how composed I was able to to keep myself seeing her immobilized like that. It was aided by the fact that the worst thing I could see about her was the huge neck brace she was wearing. There wasn't a cast anywhere on her body. Her face looked absolutely the same. Not a single blemish, scar, bruise or anything. She looked much better off than I had envisioned so that was truly a blessing.
What had happened was Mariah nodded off at the wheel. Her Toyota Corolla crossed over the median, went airborn and struck a brick wall. You can see the outcome of the car with the pic in this post. The first responder said she was lucky to be alive. He just knew knew for sure that he would be telling us she had passed away when he got to the scene. What he didn't know was that God was looking out for Mariah that nite. Not to mention she literally had hundreds of people praying for her recovery afterwards. God probably got tired of hearing her name.
You want further proof of how great God is? How about the fact that Mariah was listed in critical conditon when she was admitted and was was able to be released the following day? How about that her major injury was a fractured C2 which means she will need a neck brace for a few months as opposed to a fracture a little lower that could have meant total paralysis? Most importantly, how about that my little girl is with us here today recovering able to wake to see another day?
God really is good all the time.