Monday, August 15, 2011

Heartbreak

Have you ever felt the heartbreak of thinking that you are about to lose someone that you love?
It's that feeling you get when something terrible is happening and you fear for the live of someone that you just can't imagine being gone forever. 
You pray and beg God to keep that person safe.

I have had that feeling two times in my life.
Once was when my son had a severe case of croup and was sent in an ambulance to the ER.
The second time, was this past weekend. 

My husband and I took our 3 boys to the Indiana State Fair. We were going with some friends and their two boys and meeting my sister, who was going to see a concert. I was excited to hang out with my friends and see my sister and give her a big hug. Unfortunately, the traffic was bad and my sister didn't get their early enough to meet up.

Fast forward to 2 hours later and I was fearing for her life. 
During a storm/freak wind gust, the stage at the concert came down and landed on fans causing severe injuries and, in some cases, death.
All I can remember hearing from the voices around me was that the grandstand had fallen
and I remember my heart stopping.

"MY SISTER'S OVER THERE!" 
"OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD!"
"PLEASE GOD NO, PLEASE GOD NO!"

I didn't even think. I ran past everyone, out into the storm, to see what was going on. With every section of the Grandstand that came into view, I yelled "THANK YOU GOD!" I kept saying that until I saw each and every section still standing. I started calling and texting my sister, which went on for the next hour. Finally, when we reached our car, in the pouring rain, and piled 5 kids and 4 adults into our minivan, we finally got a hold of eachother. She was fine, safe, well.

Thank you God for keeping my sister safe.

The whole story of this tragedy is so hard to comprehend. I cannot imagine what the others are feeling. 
The ones who were injured.  The ones who's loved ones were hurt or killed. I can't imagine being one of them. Still feeling that heartbreak days after the tragedy.

Thank you God for giving those who have loved ones who were injured or lost their lives the strength and perseverence to get through this terrible time.

So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
Knock, and it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives,
And he who seeks finds,
And to him who knocks it will be opened.
Luke 11:9-10 NKJV

2 comments:

real indiana housewife said...

I watched the tragic events on tv and was heartbroken.....to be there and see it with your eyes I couldn't comprehend the sadness...let alone have family there or worse have family hurt or killed. It was a tragedy that makes you hug your loved ones tighter and forgive fights sooner.........

Thank you for sharing this :)

homeschool101 said...

I hear ya. I prayed and held tears for several weeks after it. I am glad your sister is ok Kris. Hope you are all doing ok. We miss ya guys. Send ya love.