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Hannah fell off the counter and then the world stopped

Posted on: February 23, 2010

Yesterday, while preparing lunch, Hannah fell backward off the countertop. It happened right in front of me, less than 6 inches away. She was in her Bumbo seat, laughing, kicking her feet, then next thing I knew, she was falling. And the world stopped.

I don’t know exactly what she hit as it was on the other side from where I was standing, but thank God (a million times over), she seems just fine. Right after the fall she screamed bloody murder. Once I picked her up, consoled her, she went back to normal pretty fast.

Want to know something?

I was scared out of my mind.

There, I’ve said it.

I’ve known too many people that have been hurt, heard too many stories of pain and anguish, to not know that bad things happen to good people. Right after she fell, I prayed. Hard. Then I called my mom, who is a nurse. She suggested I watch her and then even take her to the doctor just to make sure all is well. Then I called Jonathan. By now, all my emotions are boiling over and I was barely able to tell him what happened through my tears. He was most reassuring and told me just to relax and keep an eye on her.

I fed the girls lunch and then we had quite time. During that time I read 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” I mulled over that first part “For God has not given us a spirit of fear…For God has not given us a spirit of fear…For God has not given us a spirit of fear…For God has not given us a spirit of fear…”

I’ve come to this one conclusion:

God is good. God is good. God is good.

It is out of my power to know how best He should display His goodness. But, I know this: HE IS GOOD. Whether in pain or pleasure, He is good. My world would never be the same without Hannah. It is heartbreaking to see a child endure pain and suffering. I can’t help but imagine the heartbreak and pain God endured when He saw His Son die. But, He is good. He had a “plan from the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:9b) and with that plan He saved me.

God is good.

** The above picture was #139 in the queue. It reminded me of Psalm 139.

“You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:16

6 Responses to "Hannah fell off the counter and then the world stopped"

My heart was pounding reading that. Whew. I am SO glad she is ok! God is good…all the time!

Oh Sarah- that is scary!! So glad Hannah is ok!!

Funny you posted this today. I was just telling Leah about how I have really been contemplating the importance of knowing that God is good. Dana posted some on this lately too, but really it’s so crucial that we have that as a foundational belief. Otherwise, life is scary and so many things don’t make sense. I think sometimes we just have to “preach to ourselves” to remind us of what we know, that our God IS good!

So glad to hear Hannah is ok! That would have scared me so badly too! Thank God, for he is good!

How scary! I’m so glad your daughter is okay!

We have had a couple really close calls, too, and it completely freaked me out each time. One time my daughter (1 1/2 at the time) fell off a picnic table onto a concrete slab. Right in front of me. And somehow – thank you, God!!! – she didn’t crack her head open. He is good indeed.

I’m so glad Hannah is OK! I can’t imagine how scary that was. Graham fell off his changing table at about Hannah’s age and I freaked for about a week. It’s just terrfying to think about how little they are and if something would ever happen to them. I absolutely do not know how parents go on after losing a child, I would imagine life just stopping.

Thank goodness God was and always is watching over little miss Hannah! I’m so glad she is OK.

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