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A Cowboy’s Faith: It is always ‘The Plan’

“How could such a horrible family tragedy happen?”

buchmanheadMathematical chances of such an occurrence are infinite. Logically and logistically, it would not seem possible.

Analysis of some: “It can’t be God’s doings. Satan must be responsible for such a catastrophe.”

Our heartfelt belief and faith are otherwise.

Just two months after memorial services for a dad and grandfather, the family of six children and eight grandchildren, along with relatives and friends, most the same as earlier, gathered for the funeral of his wife, their mother and grandmother, relative, friend.

When the loved one had been laid to permanent rest beside her husband of more than six decades, the living gathered for consoling reminiscing mealtime. Brothers, sisters, their children, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends partook in nourishment and conversations, even releasing smiles as reflections of good times with lost loved ones were shared.

Typically, the younger set then went their own ways, most as family, and the more mature lingered.

About five hours later, one brother-nephew-cousin riding his newly-acquired motorcycle, followed by his brother in a car, was headed east on the highway. Unexpectedly, and quite coincidentally, he passed his uncle and aunt, homeward bound going west. All, taken back by the inconceivable meeting, exchanged family-acquaintance waves.

Circumstances were such that the cyclist lost control and swerved into the westbound lane to be struck head-on by his cousins, who were following their parents. It happened so fast nobody knows exactly what occurred, but occupants of all three autos witnessed instant cyclist mortality.

Brother, uncle, aunt, and two cousins, one the collision-driver with her brother as passenger, were stunned and forever impacted.

While incomprehensible by all senses of reason, possibly never to be understood adequately and sufficiently in this life, it was “His Plan.” That confidence allows the living to move on.

Reminds us of Ecclesiastes 9:12: “No one can predict misfortune.” But, Second Corinthians 1:6: “If we are afflicted, it is for salvation when you patiently endure the calamities.” Therefore, Job 20:26: “Every heartbreak is laid up for His treasures.” Because, Proverbs 12:26: “A good person survives tragedy.” Thus, Daniel 12:1: “It is God’s plan for His own.” Always, Ecclesiastes 3:2: “A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

Frank_BuchmanFrank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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