For Lora Jones, Nov. 23, 2004, will forever remain etched in her memory.
She was traveling in a van along with her family — husband, J.L.; daughter, Janessa; and son, Jayden — eager for the vacation ahead when the vehicle hit black ice. Within seconds, a head-on collision shattered Jones’ whole world.
“I was asleep when the impact came,” she recalled. “The impact knocked me out, so when I awoke I was disoriented. My brain couldn’t comprehend the horror of what I was seeing.”
Incredibly, in that moment, Jones clearly heard God singing to her: “As I was trying to wake my husband up, I heard this voice singing a song,” she said. “Music is so powerful to me and sticks in my head and God knows that. So He sang that night rather than speaking.”
“Do not be afraid,” He whispered, “This is for my glory.”
“Truly, I thought those words, which I later realized were from Casting Crown’s ‘Voice of Truth’ meant we were all going to be OK,” she said. “But at that moment, two of us were gone, I just didn’t know it.”
Jones was taken to a hospital where a chaplain delivered devastating news: Her beloved husband and son hadn’t survived the crash, and her daughter wasn’t expected to live through the night.
She watched helplessly as her family slipped into eternity, one by one. What followed was a time of unspeakable grief, anger, and loneliness.
“I questioned God. I asked lots of whys,” Jones recalled. “When I was released from the hospital by myself, I asked, ‘why did they die?’ And then in the days ahead, as I saw pictures of the van, I asked, ‘why didn’t you let me die too? Why am I still alive?’ I had so much anger of being left behind and struggled to embrace the life that God had for me still on this Earth while everybody got to leave.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett