On a Rainy and Windy Night Came the Bad News—My Son Was Seriously Injured in an Accident
One day in December of 2015, around 9 p.m., it was raining lightly outside, and I was sitting on my bed, reading God’s words. Suddenly, my daughter-in-law pushed the door open and anxiously said: “Oh no! Oh no! Something happened to Xiaoqiang(my son). His boss rang me and said that this afternoon when working on the construction site, Xiaoqiang fell from the thirteen-meter-high hillside. Now what should we do?” Upon hearing this terrible news, I was totally shocked. But then I thought that God could help me any time I needed, so I told her: “It’s getting late, and we both don’t know any of the details. I think his boss will ask someone to take care of him. Don’t worry! Go downstairs and look after the two children for now. I will telephone later to ask what really happened.” After hearing my words, my daughter-in-law didn’t say anything, and she went downstairs. I hurried to come to God’s presence to pray: “Oh God! Today I was told that my son got hurt on the job. This matter suddenly befell me; my stature is so small that I have no idea what to do. May You guide and lead me.…” As I was praying, my daughter-in-law pushed my door open again, saying in tears: “ Xiaoqiang just called me and said he had broken his legs and his back. What should we do? If he is crippled and cannot do any labor in the future, then who will make money to support our family? Besides, the boss is not only poor, but also a notoriously evil person. We cannot afford to offend him. Mom, how come we encounter such a thing?” Hearing her cry, I was quite upset too, thinking: She’s right! Now my son’s legs and lower back are broken. Besides, the boss is poor and a wicked person. What if he is unwilling to afford the treatment expense of my son? I am old and can’t offer my son any financial assistance. If he is disabled, how can he pay for the education of my two grandsons, and how will the whole family survive the future? … The more I thought about it, the more distressed I felt. But as my daughter-in-law was crying, I could but bite back my pain and comfort her: “Calm down, please! Don’t take it so hard! It’s getting late. Go downstairs and get some sleep. I want to be alone.” She saw I was also sad, so she went downstairs.
After she left, I was on tenterhooks, pacing anxiously back and forth in my bedroom. In helplessness, I could not but kneel down again, calling out and praying to God: “Oh God! What happened to my son today grips my heart. I am worried about how our family will survive the future and who to maintain my two young grandsons. Oh God! Only in the midst of this trial have I seen my small stature, weakness and helplessness. God, please guide me to stand fast in this trial!” After the prayer, I felt much more assured and better in my heart. Then I saw God’s words saying: “Everyone is full of hopes about their fate, and anticipates that everything in their life will go as they wish, that they will not want for food or clothing, that their fortunes will rise spectacularly. Nobody wants a life that is poor and downtrodden, full of hardships, beset by calamities. But people cannot foresee or control these things.” After reading the words of God, I thought: Today, when the accident happened to my son, I began to be concerned about the future and fate of him and my grandsons, as well as how our family would survive the future, and I also lost confidence in God. Was I not denying God’s sovereignty and command over all things? Little did I know, how the life of my son’s family is in the future, whether he will be disabled, and whether my grandsons will suffer hardships are not decided by me, nor will things go according to my will. Instead all these are planned and predestined by God. God’s words gave me faith and power and also showed me the path: In this trial, all I shall care about is relying on and looking to God, submitting to His arrangements, practically experiencing His words, and believing He will surely lead me to get through this hard time. When I thought of this, my heart calmed down gradually.
After daybreak, I hurried to the hospital with my daughter-in-law and her two uncles.
I Relied on God to Negotiate With the Boss and the Boss Was Willing to Pay the Medical Fees
After arriving at the hospital, we learned that my son’s admission procedures had not been handled because the boss was unwilling to give money. When my daughter-in-law saw my son lying in the sickbed and groaning in pain, she cried and started to complain about the boss. My heart was also pierced with grief and I thought: The boss is so lacking in humanity. How could he refuse to pay for the treatment and leave my son lying painfully in the hospital all night? When I thought of this, I couldn’t help wanting to reason with him. But immediately I recalled that everything was being arranged by God, so I hurried to pray to God and then my heart gradually quieted down. Just at this moment, the boss came with his wife. At the sight of them, my daughter-in-law and her two uncles immediately disputed with them. The boss insisted that my son’s injury resulted from not working in accordance with the regulations, and he had no responsibility for it; while my daughter-in-law and her two uncles deemed that my son was injured at work, and therefore the boss must compensate for the injuries my son suffered. They made a scene, blaming each other. Gradually the quarrel became more heated, to the extent that my daughter-in-law’s two uncles even clamored to go to court to have the dispute settled. The sight made me nervous, so I continuously prayed in my heart: “Oh God! We mankind, having been corrupted by Satan, are all selfish and despicable, and always fight against each other for our own interests. May You protect my heart. In the past, I lost my testimony in many things because I did not know Your authority and sovereignty. Today, in such an environment, I am unwilling to rely on myself to deal with this matter. I know You are righteous. It is You who controls and dominates all things. Oh God! Please lead me to bear witness for You in this matter.”
Having completed my prayer, I felt much calmer in my heart and told them: “Let’s stop arguing and not blame one another or shirk responsibility. None of us wish to encounter this matter, and we cannot solve any problems by quarreling with each other. Xiaoqiang got hurt at work, so it was an industrial accident. And you, as his boss, ought to pay for his treatment conscientiously, and if you do so, then we will also act according to conscience and won’t extort money from you.” At my words, the boss and his wife both kept silent. However, my daughter-in-law and her two uncles immediately criticized me, saying “Being good in this world, we will suffer great loss! And even if Xiaoqiang is cured he will be a disabled person, and then how will the whole family survive? Just consider the serious consequences.” After hearing this, I said earnestly: “We all have heard these words: ‘Human fate is ordained by Heaven.’ Whether Xiangqiang will make a full recovery and what his future will be like is not up to any person. And none of us can control it. The most important thing we should do now is to have Xiaoqiang treated.” After hearing what I said, they all stopped quarreling. The boss’s wife grasped my hand and said: “Let’s go! Let’s go to handle the admission procedures for Xiaoqiang. On the way, she said excitedly: “If you were not here today, this matter wouldn’t have been settled. From what you said I can see that you are a reasonable person. I raise my hat to you! Let’s first arrange to have Xiaoqiang hospitalized. Later we will go home right away to scare up enough money to pay the cost of the operation and we will get back with the money this afternoon.” When hearing that she was going to go back home to get money, I thought: What if they don’t come back? Then my daughter-in-law and her two uncles must quarrel with me. Moreover, the boss is a notoriously wicked person. Can I trust in him and his wife? At this moment, I realized I didn’t believe in God’s sovereignty again, and then I called upon and looked to Him. After my prayer, I remembered these words of God: “Of everything that occurs in the universe, there is nothing that I do not have the final say in. What exists that is not in My hands? All that I say goes, and among men, who is there who can change My mind?” Yeah! God has the final say in everything happening in the universe. Is this matter not more so in God’s hands? God’s words led me out of the perplexity and also solidified my faith. Then I prayed to God once again: “Oh God! Now You are testing my faith once more. You have the final say in whether or not they will foot the medical expenses. I am willing to place this matter in Your hands and submit to Your sovereignty and arrangements.” After going through the admission procedures, they told me they would send money to the hospital that afternoon to pay the cost of operation. And then they left.
When my daughter-in-law learned that the boss had left, she immediately lost her temper with me: “Look what you have done! How could you easily let them leave? Can you guarantee that they will surely come back with money this afternoon?” At the same time, her two uncles were looking murderous and they both ignored me. I prayed to God silently in my heart: “Oh God! I am a bit weak in such an environment. I know all this is Satan tempting me through the relatives around me. It wants me to live in my corrupt disposition and argue over my own interests, and not to believe in Your sovereignty and righteousness. God, my stature is so small that I need Your guidance. May You enlighten me more and guide me, so that I won’t fall for Satan’s tricks.” At this moment, the words of God came into my mind: “Where you will go every day, what you will do, who or what you will encounter, what you will say, what will happen to you—can any of this be predicted? People cannot foresee all these occurrences, much less control how they develop. In life, these unforeseeable events happen all the time, and they are an everyday occurrence. These daily vicissitudes and the ways they unfold, or the patterns by which they play out, are constant reminders to humanity that nothing happens at random, that these things’ ramifications, and their inevitability, cannot be shifted by human will.” God’s words helped me to understand: Everything I encountered today was permitted by God. My daughter-in-law and her two uncles are concerned about whether the boss will send us the money. However, how this matter will turn out is in God’s hands. Without God’s permission, no matter how hard we try to get compensation, it is just in vain; even if we kept the boss staying here by force, it’s also to no avail. At this point, I looked at them and said calmly: “Cool down, please! None of us have the final say in whether the boss will come back with the money. It is useless to quarrel. You all go have lunch. I’ll stay here to take care of Xiaoqiang.”
By Jingwei, Henan Province
To Be Continued …