THIS TRUE STORY WAS inspired by my persistent and loving daughter Megan, who was given another chance at life after a near-fatal crash.
As Megan drove to work on her 18th birthday, somehow, she and a truck collided. The doctors told us that she probably would not survive the night. They said that if she did survive AND came out of the coma, she would need multiple surgeries to restore the left side of her face (cheekbone, sinus and eye cavities), and at least two surgeries on her left arm. Her spleen was torn in a few places, she had broken and cracked ribs and pieces of her brain were torn off. They added, that if she survived, she would probably be in a “vegetative” state.
This is trauma from a mother’s perspective.
My intention is to illustrate the powers of God the Almighty, which continue to exist, and are confirmed every day. God may be tough to distinguish during heartrending experiences, but I assure you, He is there. A few illustrations, I admit, were not obvious at the time. But God has it, and sometimes, when you look back with twenty-twenty vision, you will see that His presence was unmistakable. It was God!
I feel called to reach out to other parents and families who have experienced distress or have lost a loved one in an unforeseen tragedy. Please know that you are not alone, you never were, and you never will be. That is one of God’s promises.
Cindy loves her family, her friends, and most especially, she loves God. This is HER story – her joys, her struggles, her strength, her questions, her hope, her faith. That Was God is a multidimensional epic centered on my youngest daughter’s fight back from a horrible automobile accident and the resultant physiological and emotional challenges she faced. It is a story about insurmountable adversity and about God’s goodness through it. Make no mistake – this is not a story filled with miraculous signs and happy dances all around. God shows up in so many ways, yet the reader will go on an emotional rollercoaster ride with Cindy that lasts years. One that I did not fully understand before reading it.
I expected to be familiar with much of the content as I began to read. I quickly learned that Cindy and I lived the same story but experienced much of it differently. A loose analogy is how the four gospels recount identical events of Jesus’ life, but offer different perspectives. After reading That Was God, I had a deeper understanding of Megan’s experiences, as well as other family members. Most importantly, I gained a deeper understanding of Cindy’s emotional experience – albeit years afterward.
One would think you know most everything your best friend is thinking and feeling. Cindy and I talk every day. And when we were in the thick of this battle, we constantly shared our thoughts, fears, hopes, and joys. We cried together then – and I cried often while reliving the story. It renewed my own experiences and exposed me to a piece of Cindy’s heart I had not seen beforehand.
Perhaps you chose to read this because of a similar life event; maybe one that you are still living. Truth be told – this story is still being written too, with every step forward Megan takes. Prepare to relive some of your emotions through these pages. But, also prepare to see things in a new way – through the lens of another. My prayer is that you will be stronger and better equipped because of it.
Cindy’s husband and best friend
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