Written by cycleguy on November 15th, 2016

My presence on my blog and anyone else’s for that matter is not disinterest…trust me. I have taken the time to read other blogs but not comment. There is a reason.

Just read this post.

I thought I would give an update on my status with a comment from my sermon. It is still surreal at times when I allow myself to think about it, how close I came to having a total life change. I’ve calculated that change to be about 2-3″ in length. His mirror hit me on my left butt cheek (sorry if that offends you) and spun me up and then down. The injuries were bad enough to give me a huge hematoma on my left hip and blacken my whole left leg and thigh down to my knee and cause swelling to my foot. (I have pictures!  🙂 )  The reality I have faced it this: 2-3″ to the right and I am either paralyzed or dead.  So, I tell people I am bruised and sore but alive. I took one day away from work and God has given me the strength to get through the rest of my tasks: office work; a wedding rehearsal/event; preaching twice; attending White Christmas, a musical we had bought tickets for in the summer at the IU Auditorium with some friends; and continuing this week with all my work and another wedding coming this weekend.

I still believe God’s hand was on me. Some have asked about that. Sunday, I said this: “God’s love is not a pampering love; it is a perfecting love.” God doesn’t get up every day asking, “How can I make Bill happy today?” I didn’t do that with my children; He doesn’t do that with His. I do believe His is a transforming love. I will not always understand the “why” of an event. That really is not my place anyway. According to Romans 8:29 His purpose is “to conform me to the image of His Son.” No matter what that takes…that is what I long for. This, as I see it, is just one more step in my adventure through life.

So there’s the update. Please understand that I am reading but have very little time to comment. But I do thank you from the bottom of my heart for your words of encouragement and prayer. I’m not ignoring anyone. it is where I find myself right now. 


8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Glynn says:

    Bill – I missed the first report. Strikes fear in any cyclist (including me). We’ve had several incidents here in St. Louis in the past year, including one involving a local mayor who rammed his Mercedes into a cyclist. Hope you’re on the mend.

  2. Ceil says:

    Hi Bill! You need to take all the time you need to heal. Don’t worry about commenting or getting around to blogs so much as icing and taking an Advil now and then. I will keep you in my prayers, as I pray to God in thanks for inches given, and grace poured out.

  3. Betty Draper says:

    God’s love is not a pampering love but a perfecting love….great quote…going to repost it on my facebook wall…I am not offended if you do not comment on my posts.
    Take a break brother…enjoy the break…

  4. Linda Stoll says:

    Please give yourself great helpings of grace to process, rest, and heal, friend.

  5. floyd says:

    I completely get it, Bill. Sometimes the wisdom gained is not pleasant, but drives it deeper into your soul.

    The fact that you’re pondering it shows the depth of your wisdom already.

    Praying for you.

  6. Yes, Bill, as Ceil said above, take all the time you need to so you can mend from this accident.
    Two or three inches . . . Our Lord is so good!

  7. Ed says:

    No worries about not commenting, even though you and Betty are the only ones who DO comment. I know what you’ve been through and are going through. Still praying for you! Lean back and smile, God’s got this!