It was his 12th birthday and Chris wanted to celebrate it at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA. Before they left home, his father, a pastor, prayed for a good time and for safety.

One of the first rides Chris wanted to go on was the double merry-go-round. As Chris was sliding off his “great white stallion,” his foot slipped, catching his right leg on the metal stirrup. He fell off the horse, and the stirrup tore his pants and cut his leg.

When he was rushed to a nearby emergency clinic, the medics discovered that he had ripped his leg open enough to require 37 stitches.  The doctor told him it would be at least six weeks before he could even consider competing again.

Chris was pretty upset. He was one of the better swimmers on his school’s swim team. In his frustration he yelled at his dad, “You prayed we’d have a good time and no one would get hurt. Well, I got hurt and we didn’t have a good time.”

Two weeks later, Chris developed an ear ache. After the otolaryngologist examined his right ear, he said, “Chris, it’s a good thing you aren’t swimming now. Your ear is   badly infected and, had you continued swimming, the ear drum would have burst, and you’d be permanently deaf in that ear.”

A ripped leg saved Chris’s hearing. Is God ever deaf to our prayers? Of course, not! Our omniscient Lord promises us: “Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times. I’ll rescue you.” (The Message, Psalm 91:15) Let’s praise our gracious Heavenly Father for his infinite wisdom and superior discernment to know our needs and how to meet them–at just the right time.

Discover how Romans 8:28 and Proverbs 15:29 relate to each other in this theme park accident.

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