Tuesday, May 23, 2006
David Crowder Talks about Kyle Lake's Tragic Death
"The bizarre thing is, when tragedy hits, you immediately start asking all the "what ifs"—if only this or that had happened. Every time we followed that question, we wound up at a dead end.Because we weren't in town, a band called Dutton was filling in for us [at University Baptist]. The drums sit right in front of the baptistry, so when Kyle grabbed the microphone, Dutton's drummer immediately pulled it away from him to the point where he snapped the mic cable in two. So as quick as any human could react, he was able to disconnect the circuit. If it had been us, we would have stood around staring at each other for at least five minutes trying to decide what's going on—"Should we grab that or not?" So whenever we started asking ourselves if it would have helped if we were there, we came to the conclusion that, no, absolutely not—it would have been worse, guaranteed. (Chuckling) You don't want us on the scene providing emergency care! It's hard enough to deal with the loss of a loved one without the mysteries of "what if," so in a way, that's been the tiniest of blessings, understanding that our presence wouldn't have changed anything. But it was very hard to not be there." You can read the whole interview at ChristianityToday.com. Thanks, Brice for the link! Add Your Comments and Ideas now...
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Along with the "what if" questions, we also ask "why". I learned from studying Job several years ago that God doesn't always answer our questions. Job was okay with that because he met God in a new way, and just meeting God was far more satisfying - or at least overwhelming - than any answer could have been. (How might Job have handled it if God said that his entire family and fortune were destroyed because of a cosmic bet?!)
I still want to learn from my experiences, but I try not to get hung up on looking for answers to my questions; I might not be able to handle the answers. Instead, I ask God to reveal himself to me in a new way and rest in knowing him more deeply. Psalm 46:10.
Posted by: Randy Ehle | May 23, 2006 11:58:26 AM
Superbowl Sunday 1998 A great Youth Pastor was killed in a plane crash. He was my friend. Everyone questioned the circumstances... looking for someone to blame. I learned a lot about me that week.
Sometimes, WE look for causes that allow us to excuse ourselves from thinking about our own mortality. "If they were stupid and it killed them, then I'm safe... because I'm not stupid..."
The TRUTH is that God knows our times and our days. We go when He plans, according to His plan. Does that allow me to be stupid? No. But it does remind me of HIS sovereignty and remind me of my inability to take my next breath without Him.
Posted by: Jeff | May 23, 2006 12:10:46 PM
As human being's we always want to be in control of things. But, we can't, but God can. Any time anyone dies it is tragic to me. Whether it is someone who is saved or lost.
Example: 85' I lost my grandfather. None of us was expecting this to happen at all. He had not been in bad health at all. Then all at once he was gone at the age of 64. Tragic... Yes indeeded it was. I was 19 and I lost my best friend. We talked about the days when he grew up, country music and we chewed tobacco together. I missed all the stories he told, his smile and laughter.
99' Lost my grandfather to cancer. Took a while to sink in. I didn't have anyone to talk to about Army stories anymore.
2004- I learned that 35 of my friends and buddies I served with have died in Iraq and Afhganistan. Hit me like a ton of bricks.
2004- 2005: The tsunamie hit Asia and killed all those people. Then Katrina hit and killed all of them. This left me hurting deep inside and reeling for all those people. I was a little upset with God because of this tragedy. But you know what. I learned a great lesson from this. HE is God, He created this world and He can do what He wants When He wants. And He does not need my little opinion at all.
I blamed myself for everyone of these dying. I blamed myself most of all for my buddies and thought if I'd only been there I could have saved them. If I had not left the military they'd still be alive. Not at all. After all, this too is His will. There is a time to be born and there is a time to die. It was they're time to go. We must keep on doing what God has called us to do.
But wasn't it wonderful that God gave us the oppurtunity to get to know these people. That my friends is PRICELESS...
Posted by: Jeff Ruble | May 23, 2006 10:07:38 PM
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