“Fine print” or “It just keeps getting better”

Chase — a boy experiencing first-hand a true miracle of God. He’s taken SUCH strides the past three months, it’s hard to wrap my mind around. Talking, playing, walking, running, laughing…everything. His personality is back where it belongs. The only way one could detect "the accident" is in his leg postures and body movements. His feet turn in a bit (they’re making splints to remedy this) and he still has some coordination to work on.

But he’s back. Back to the way we remember him. And it’s a blessing. I watched he and Shelby and Celeste this past Friday and spent Thanksgiving Thursday with them. He was SO well behaved–better than I ever remember. Shelby and Celeste are also doing a great job of being his big sister and helping Andrea and Grant as their entire family continues to nurture him back.

What my post title is primarily referring to is this: another miraculous detail of the situation I didn’t know up until a few moments ago. Check out this excerpt from my Mom’s upcoming Christmas letter:

"I am convinced He was with our daughter’s family even during the accident.  Celeste was on the computer and it froze.  She left it to go into the family room and found Chase.  Andrea, the only one to know CPR, was still home, for she was preparing to leave shortly.  God was there to protect Chase’s life."

Is that not wild? I had no idea the computer crashed on Celeste–just in time to come to Chase’s rescue! What if Andrea had wrapped up laundry duty a few minutes earlier and hadn’t been home when the accident unfolded? We could still be visiting him in Ann Arbor.

We kinda tackled this issue at small group tonight. No situation, event or circumstance is unimportant and without impact.

"Four our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Eph. 6:12).

There are unseen events and battles unfolding that are more real than the physical ones we experience on a daily basis. I can’t explain it; I can’t comprehend it. But sometimes, I just get a glimpse. And that line from Mom’s letter provided me with one.

Could an angel have jumbled the Fluegge computer’s memory and caused it to freeze up at just the right time? Most certainly. Could there have been an entire battle going on between good and evil for control of that computer just up to the crucial time? You bet. Could someone have been praying for Andrea and Grant’s family at that time–unknowing of anything going on–that hindered the "spiritual forces of evil" at work at that particular time? Yep. Could Andrea have been less productive than normal in the morning–due to "unseen forces"–resulting in her still being at home when Chase has his accident? Quite possibly.

I’m convinced there are few coincidences in life. There’s just too much at stake for events to simply happen on the random. Everything is part of a glorious harmony, which rises and builds throughout history, culminating when the loud voices in heaven declare: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 11:15b).

The harmony is then sustained for all eternity. Amen. So be it.


"Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the ages. Who will fear you, O Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed" (Rev. 15:3-4).

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

2 replies on ““Fine print” or “It just keeps getting better””

this is almost poetry: “Everything is part of a glorious harmony, which rises and builds throughout history…”

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