My heart is broken for a family whose life was turned upside down by a tragedy that has left them forever changed. The Cretzman’s are a beautiful young couple from Canada who, along with their two young children, have spent the past year preparing to serve as missionaries to Cuba. However, a couple of weeks ago, a patch of black ice on I-74 near Mt. Airy sent their car off the road causing an accident that fatally wounded their 3 year old daughter Azlynn and left her mom, Lana with serious injuries.
I have such great admiration for parents of small children who are willing to step out in faith and onto the mission field. I am sure there were people who gave the Cretzmen’s a hard time about their choice to serve as missionaries. As someone who has taken her own children on short term missions trips, I’ve had a taste of that criticism from well meaning friends and family members who say things like, “But, it’s so dangerous, why would you put yourself and your child at risk?” or, “Aren’t there things you can do right here in the US? Can’t you help people in our own country where it’s safer?”
But the truth is, that our days are all numbered. In Psalm 139:16 it says, “all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” Does that mean we should take unnecessary risks with our lives? No, of course not. But, it does mean that we should not allow fear of suffering or death to stop us from following God’s will for our lives, even if that leads us into situations that some would consider unsafe. And, since we never know which day is our last we should spend them wisely, serving Him.
On a much brighter note, you can help out the Cretzman family and enjoy an evening of fun at the next WBFJ Skate Night! Skate World of Kernersville is hosting a WBFJ Christian Skate Night this Tuesday night and they are donating 100% of their proceeds to the Cretzmans. Join us!