Our Toyota Rav4, on an off-ramp of I-205, was struck from behind by another car one night last week. My whole body was jolted into pain. A shower of broken glass from the rear window as it was crushed. A second impact—we were pushed into the car ahead of us. In what felt like an explosive blast, as my body was thrust forward, my face struck the steering wheel and began to swell. Tim, in the passenger seat beside me, felt his glasses fly off.
I screamed and took in short gulps of cold February air. I called 911 and, shaking uncontrollably, handed the cell phone to Tim. I could barely turn my neck to see emergency crews as they arrived. I shut my eyes against the pain of glaring lights of police cars, a fire truck, and an ambulance. Paramedics pulled me from the driver’s seat onto a medical board. Excruciating pain shot through my body as they put a cervical collar round my neck, uncurled me and strapped me onto the board on my back. Then they hoisted me into the back of the ambulance.
“Jesus,” I asked in my heart, “where are You?” Keeping my eyes closed on the ride to Oregon Health and Science University Hospital, in my mind’s eye I looked for Jesus beside me. I couldn’t make Him out.
“Jesus, what are You saying?” I listened. I heard the paramedic as he comforted me, tucking a blanket round my shivering, shaking torso. But Jesus? I couldn’t hear Him at all.
“God, where are you?” The paramedic placed an ice pack across the quickly-darkening area between my eyes. I was ready for an answer.
But pain and trembling in my arms, legs, stomach, neck, and back shouted Crisis! Overwhelm! It hurts to breathe! I was unable to sense Him.
1.) In a crisis, what is happening when we can’t see, hear, or sense God? Is He revealing Himself to us?
2.) What response can we expect from Him in a crisis?
3.) What response can He expect from us?
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