Recently my good friends Mary Anne and Trey Kent shared a significant piece of their marriage story at our church. The occasion was the 33rd anniversary of a fatal car wreck that forever changed their lives.
On August 5, 1985, just two weeks after they were married, the Kents were hit head on by a young woman who crossed over into their lane going 70 mph. She never braked.
The accident tragically killed her, left Trey pinned in the car with severe injuries and seriously injured Mary Anne. You can see the severity of the wreck in this picture of the Kent’s car.
But Trey and Mary Anne’s story wasn’t one of loss, but rather one of great victory. They actually shared that if they had the choice to do it all over again, they would. That’s how much God has redeemed, or over-redeemed, the accident.
In their message, which you can watch below, Trey and Mary Anne shared many of their learnings from walking out life after the wreck. Here’s some of what I wrote down in my journal during their talk:
- God wants to turn your greatest tragedy into your greatest testimony
- God’s strength is best perfected in our weaknesses (2 Cor 12:9)
- Nothing is ever impossible with God (Luke 1:37)
- Life’s difficulties teach you that Jesus is enough
- We meet God best in our pain
- You don’t overcome by being strong; you overcome by being loved
- And, when you wake up in the middle of a crisis, Jesus is right there with you
Those are just a few of the amazing lessons Trey and Mary Anne shared. They also shared many miracles that God worked in and through the wreck. I’m so grateful for their story. It greatly encouraged me.
So have you been in a life-wreck recently? Is there debris scattered all about? Or, are you a wreck? Either way, God wants to meet you and love you in it.
Why don’t you go ahead and watch my friends’ message. I know it will greatly encourage you too.