Prayers for my Dad

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left. (Lamentations 3:22-24, MSG)

On April 17th, my dad was in a terrible motorcycle accident.  These last two and a half weeks have been filled with all kinds of emotions.  I can tell you that it has been the roughest time I think I’ve ever faced in my life.  And I’ve faced a lot.  It has tested my faith.  It has shown me how much I need God’s strength.  I have never felt such anxiety before and the need to constantly reorganize my thoughts to find the peace of God.  I can’t say that I have ever remembered a time where I have felt more weak, emotionally spent, and just barely surviving.  This has really shaken me to the core!

I say all this because I’m learning a lot about myself through this.  Isn’t that what we all do when crisis hits?  We turn inward, we look at where we have gone wrong, how we could do better, and how much it hurts us individually.
This event has really thrown me off my game.  I came home on a high from our vacation in California and less than 24 hours later my world turned upside down.  I wish I could say that I have glided through this and handled every event of it well, but that would be a lie.  I have been fumbling my way through this.

I have hurt some people I really care about, I have said things I didn’t mean, I haven’t had the best listening skills, and I’ve lost compassion for other things going on right now.  I’ve been swallowed up in my own pain.  I’ve been hurting and trying to survive my hurt.  So this weekend, I stepped away from it all.  I need to get a better perspective on the situation.  I need to look at it with the eyes of the Lord.  I need to see things from His perspective.  I need to remember that God is in control.  He has not let go of me.  He did not step off the throne the day my dad was in the accident.  He has not changed!  He has been with us all along.  He has been orchestrating details that I can’t begin to explain to you.  Details that blow me away.

On our vacation, I remember God pointing out different details along the way.  We saw Yosemite National Park and I remember seeing these little tiny flowers splashed every where.  We walked to waterfalls, big and beautiful, displaying God’s glory and I saw the tiny ladybug resting on a leaf.  We walked the Redwood forest with trees big enough for a car to drive through them and I saw the 3 leaf clovers on the ground.  I kept noticing all these little details and I felt God say, “Sarah, pay attention to the details.”  Every detail matters to God!  God was using that trip to prepare me for my current storm.  He was showing me that I need not focus on the storm and how big it is.  I need to focus on the beautiful details splashed throughout the storm and recognize how big God is.

God is unchanging!  His love is amazing!  He is my strength when I’m too weak to make the next step.  He is my peace when the waves of the storm hit hard.  He is my constant companion.  The captain of my soul.  He is my fortress that I run to.  My safe refuge!  He is my everything!

So instead of focusing on the fact that my dad can’t talk right now, I’ll focus on the fact that he can communicate through a white board and marker.  Instead of grieving that my dad has a long road to full recovery, I’ll rejoice that God has given Him more time on this earth.  Instead of thinking how things could be different, I’ll do my best to see that God has a perfect plan through this.  Instead of entertaining the lies of my enemy, I’ll acknowledge God’s Truth through this.  Instead of hiding from this, I’ll be a voice through it.  Instead of running from this, I’ll run to the Father.  Instead of trying to be strong through it, I’ll seek God and lean on His strength.  Instead of holding it all together, I’ll stay a little longer in the embrace of my Father and see that He holds this all together.

I pray that I can seek the Lord just a little bit harder and find refreshment in His Word.  My dad wrote down a passage the other day for his visitors and I would like to share it with you.  He wrote Lamentations 3:22-23 on his white board.

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23, KJV)

My dad is using God’s Truth to rise above this storm.  He is ministering to every person who comes to his room.  He is not wallowing in his pain or feeling sorry for himself.  He is being a testimony for the Lord and choosing to focus on God’s goodness through this.  If he can do that in his condition, then I can certainly be a voice for the Lord through this.  I need to rejoice in the work of my Father God and trust that He will not fail us now.

Lord, I come to You with the burdens of my heart!  Please help me to remember that Your mercies are new every morning.  May I walk through this knowing that You have a perfect plan and that You will not fail us now.  Please help me to trust in You with every ounce of strength that I have.  Thank You Lord!

Trusting in the Lord,

10 replies
  1. John Malanowski
    John Malanowski says:

    Sarah, mom and I just finished reading what you have so beautifully written and tears flood our eyes and of course our hearts of what you and the others are going through. We feel so useless and so inadequate for the right words to express our thoughts and love for you. As I have often preached, “we never know how strong our faith is until it’s been tested” and we know you all are going through a real tough time of testing; however, we also know that your faith is strong and God will see you through this. We know that your dad is safe in the arms of Jesus and Jesus will never fail. Jesus will be with him through it all and we know that your dad’s testimony will bring honor and glory to the Lord whom he loves so dearly.

    Mom and I will continue to pray for you and all of your family. We wish we were there so we could hug you and pray with you and let you know that we truly do care and we look forward to that day when everything will be back to normal and of course that day when we all shall be together with Jesus throughout eternity.

    We love you with all our heart and look forward so much to some precious time together as we have had in the past.

    Love, hugs and prayers to our sweet precious daughter.

    Dad and Mom Malanowski

  2. Joyce Flemino
    Joyce Flemino says:

    With a daughter like you how can Ray fail in making a full recovery. That faith that Ray has is helping him also on that path. His family is also a source of strength for him and when one feels down the next one comes in and takes over. Rest is very important now to refresh minds and bodies as what everyone is going through is very draining. Much love to Ray and his family.

  3. andydbrown
    andydbrown says:

    Praying for your and your family but it’s crystal clear (as you point out) that God is is control. How awesome that your dad has such a strong faith in such a trying time! Be strong, Sarah! Your posts have always been an encouragement to me as a Christian over here in Oman. God bless! He is on the throne!

    • Sarah
      Sarah says:

      Hi Andy,

      Thank you so much for the prayers! And thank you for the note of encouragement. It blesses me to know that God is using these devotionals to bless and encourage you. Praise God! That always helps me know that the time spent in writing is well worth it. Thanks again!


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