Yesterday I was concerned about my son getting his driver’s license. I had no doubt he would pass the test, but another teen on the road is a scary thought for any parent. There are just so many things to keep your eyes on and so many distractions. It turned out that he was not the one I needed to worry about yesterday.

I slipped away for the afternoon to the mall for a leisurely shopping trip to unload this Dillards gift card I have in my wallet. As I made my way through the racks, I received a hysterical phone call from my daughter. I had a hard time understanding what she was saying and thought I heard words like “the car exploded”. Really she was letting me know that she had been in a car accident. All I wanted to know was if everyone was ok.

Fortunately she was fine. The car had to go to the hospital and we will get the report on that sometime in the near future. Cars can be replaced. People, not so much.

I needed to be a calming voice on the other end of the phone to get her to a place where she could start to take the steps she needed to to move forward. After I knew she was ok, I could give her instructions on what to do next. I made some calls on my end and arranged for her to be picked up, my husband talked to her, and she was able to make it home safe.

Sometimes when we are in the middle of a crisis or storm, it is hard to think straight. We feel panic and become almost paralyzed. Having someone to rely on our reach out to is so important. I am thankful for my family and friends. I am also very thankful for my faith. When times get crazy and the storm is brewing around me, I can stop and pray. God reminds us that he can calm the storm. “And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” -Mark 4:39