This year the fair had a little different feel to it after the stage collapsed. Unexpected tragedies are always difficult to hear about, and obviously even harder to deal with. Hundreds have their own personal story on how this has affected them and one story in particular I have been following has been Andrea. Her dad is AJ's coworker so we have been following her since the beginning. Andrea suffers from critical head trauma and has been in a coma since the accident. Her story hits very close to home as we sat through weeks of watching ICP levels of a close friend of ours who was in a motorcycle accident and had head trauma four years ago. Every day I read her update and have flashbacks of being at the same hospital, looking at the same machines, and hoping for the same outcome.
Thankfully Andrea's family has their hope in the Lord, who has graciously spared her life. Tyler, her brother has done an incredible job of expressing the emotional, physical, and spiritual support they have received across the United States.
One of Tyler's posts was talking about how we naturally want to ask the question "why". Why do things like this happen to me? But then he goes on to say how we should be focused on the "what...do you want me to do with this?" A verse he has reflected on several times is John 9:3 "...but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed." God has been using Andrea's situation in mighty ways and I encourage you to read her story and all the updates from the beginning. Be prepared to shed some tears as you see the mighty work of God unfold right before your eyes.
She is only one of hundreds that need our prayer, so let's not forget all who have suffered on account of this tragic accident.