Monday, April 19, 2010

"It" is happening.

The night was April 7th. It was Wednesday night and I was driving home from church and literally watching the storm roll in. The lightning was fierce and I knew I wanted to get my kids in and out of showers before "it" came.

The kids were settled in their rooms watching the end of American Idol when I got "it." A text message from a friend was asking about my boss (my boss and his family are also friends). I didn't know what she was asking me about so I simply called my boss and he didn't answer.

Nerves increased. This was not your typical "I can't get in touch with so and so" text. The context of this text message was like one I have never received. Within 2 minutes.....everything began to change. Everything is still changing. "It" changed me. I don't ever want to go back to the way I saw things before 7:45 on the evening of April 7th.

I know you are dying to know what "it" is. And, "it," is so complicated, but I'll do my best to share what happened. However, this story is not about the event of my boss and his family. We are looking past the story.

My boss is a doctor. I worked for him up until I told him about a job that landed in my lap and I resigned on Tuesday the 6th! Oh mercy that was a hard conversation. Anyhoo.....I promised to work my two weeks and we managed to get through Tuesday's day of work without me crying.
Y'all I love this place and I love the people in that place. We are family.

Wednesday was a beautiful day (insert Cary rolling her eyes at me) and we had a ball at the clinic. However, I look back now and see just how quickly life goes from being all good and fine and IS NOT GOOD AND FINE AND OK.

Oh, Jesus. You were right there with us all.

Ok, back to watching American Idol on Wednesday night. I'm in my pj's. I'm all comfy. I'm waiting to get in the bed and close my tired little eyes. And then the text message comes.

This is the "it." Apparently my doc and two of his oldest sons were involved in an accidental gun shooting at their home. They are huge gun people and can talk and breathe guns like I talk and breathe my husband and kids. They love it!!!!

But wait. Jesus, I'm scared to death.

I was shaking.

I cried.

The storm was the worst we have had all spring.

I remember thinking....."I'm getting in the car right this second. The heck with the storm."

I somehow changed clothes and drove in that mess of a storm to the hospital only to learn...

This was serious.

This was life threatening serious.

He had lost 4 units of blood. The gun went off 22 times in 2 seconds. He was struck multiple times.

Oh, Jesus. I'm so stinkin' scared.

I prayed in my heart over and over and over...

"Lord, please save this man. Please be with his wife. Protect those boys. Lord, they need their dad. She needs her husband. He's way too young. It can't be time."

God was definitely tending to the doc and his family that night. God was also tending to me that night too.

I just didn't know it.

"It" happened. And, I don't wanna go back.

There is so much to tell. Part 2 will be up tomorrow.


ocean mommy said...

Oh Fran. I can not even imagine. Saying a prayer now for this family.


Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Wow!! We are gun nuts around here too. Gotta respect 'em and be very careful around 'em. I'm sure your doc and his family do. So thankful things turned out well.

We had the same kind of thing happen. One of the hygienists who works for my husband has a teenage son who went to a Halloween party last year and was accidently shot by a friend. Took a few rounds in the gut. Emergency surgery. He is ok, but just a few millimeters to one side and it would have hit his aorta. Instant death.

Life is precious and very fragile.

Waiting for 'the rest of the story'.


connorcolesmom said...

I heard about this from Robyn and I have been praying for the Dr and his family ever since.
Life does change in an instant
as a matter of fact we almost lost our Cole on Saturday
The perspective that we receive from a such a loss is life changing
Much love sweet friend!!!

Teresa said...

I am amazed at how many times the Lord has you and I praying for the same people! Amazed!

love you!
Braden, TN

Susan said...

Every day I am learning more and more to live in the moment, to be present in the moment, to hug people I need to hug, to say I Love You to people I love.

I love you and I really need to hug you!

Mary R Snyder said...

Fran -- I've been praying for this family since I first heard. Thank you for sharing, looking forward to part 2 ....

Toknowhim said...

Looking to hear part 2....

Little Steps Of Faith said...

I think moments like this would be where Beth Moore
would add "God Stops" to just have anyone
reading to stop and pray and respond to God
through this. I am sure your life is not the only
one changed by this, I think someone going throug
reading this could very well be healed,
love you girl. And I can't hardly believe God is
as awesome as He is. I am so thankful
and so appreciate thus life He has given me!

annette said...

Oh my gosh, Fran. Praying for your boss and his family and for you! What a nightmare. Asking for His perfect peace and healing...Love, Annette

Mary Lou said...

Okay, sweet Fran, where is the second part? Want to hear the wonderful ending...

Heather said...

Oh Fran, I can't imagine how scary this was for you and still the feelings afterwards. Praying for everyone involved and going to read part 2 right now.

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