Helmets: A Story About Coincidences

I was alone with the twins in the living room, in the early stages of our morning routine when I heard someone on the front porch, fumbling with the front door.

It was still dark outside. I was in my pajamas.

I stopped, listening. No burglar would make so much noise. It had to be my son.

I ran to open the door, alarmed that he was back home. He had left for cross country practice several minutes before. Why was he back?

I opened the door, and there he was – covered in blood. He had fallen off his bike and gone head-first over the handlebars into the pavement.

And he was not wearing his helmet.

Even though, just the day before, I reminded, encouraged and flat-out asked him to.

Even though.

Coincidence number one.

He had been alone, in the dark. He had his phone, but he didn’t call. Instead, he hobbled back home, bleeding from his head, chin, elbows and legs. Dragging his bike.

My son.

I didn’t yell or lecture.

He was nauseous and panicked. He was as worried about his head as I was. He was devastated to miss cross country practice – he loves to run. It gets him up in the morning.

His pain was enough.

Three hours later, the nausea passed, and he had no other symptoms, so we took him to school. If nothing else, we decided it would help him stay awake, and he would be well-watched.

I spent the day feeling raw. My son.

That afternoon, I picked him up for a dentist appointment we had both forgotten. And because God is merciful, my husband was off work and able to watch the little kids.

So I got to take my son to his appointment on my own – a luxury when you have five kids, trust me!

He was well, though tired and so scraped up from literal head-to-toe, and I felt reassured.

Coincidence number two.

If you want to fully believe in the love of God, you have to stop believing in coincidences.

After seeing my son, God impressed a word on me: discipline. God knew my son needed to be disciplined. And though my eye was not on him, God’s was. Just a day after our talk about helmets, God allowed an accident to happen that would (I hope) teach my son a very powerful lesson.

But God’s eye was also on me. He knew I was so worried, that I needed reassurance. I believe God allowed me to spend time with my son alone later that day, so that I could be comforted.

If want to see God at work, to believe that He sees you, that He loves you, look at the coincidences in your life.

You will find Him there.

“We may toss the coin and roll the dice, but God’s will is greater than luck.”

Psalm‬ ‭16:33 TPT‬‬

“Pour out all your worries and stress upon him and leave them there, for he always tenderly cares for you.”

1 Peter 5:7

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.”

Hebrews 10:35 NIV

Helmets Meditation

Affirmation: There are no coincidences.

Scripture: Psalm 16:33 and 1Peter 5:7 and Hebrews 10:35

Music for Reflection: Do It Again

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