While packing for this trip, I contemplated what we really wanted to
schlep bring with us. After getting all 5 bikes out, I looked long and hard at our helmets. We obey helmet laws on a regular basis, but at the beach, you seldom see people wearing helmets on the sand. I remember our last beach trip, and the helmets were in the way more than anything.
I threw them in the van, but then considered taking them back out for more usable space for luggage. In a moment, I decided to leave them. Something inside me told to let them come.
Yesterday, the kids were riding their bikes on a slippery street where we are staying. My daughter’s handle grip slipped off recently at home, but we stuck it back on and never thought about it again.
She turned a corner, the grip slipped off, sending her front tiring spinning sideways. Down she went. We got her back in the rental and cleaned up the many scrapes, cuts, etc. Her elbow and hip were hurt. After a triage assessment by my husband, I helped with some band-aids, pain reliever and ice. We bought her a sling and she wore it the rest of the day.
At bedtime, she said her prayers and thanked God for her helmet several times. When she finished praying, I asked her about the helmet because my back was turned when she fell.
Mom, that helmet saved my head. When the tire turned, I fell directly on my elbow and head – my head bounced several times on the road. My stomach sank and my heart rejoiced. The thought of her fall upset me, but knowing she wore her helmet was a saving grace.
At her age, many teens don’t think it’s necessary, or cool, to wear a helmet. Not wearing one would have badly hurt her and abruptly ended our trip. Rules are there for a reason, and I am SO thankful God nudged me to pack these bulky things. I now recognize it was the Holy Spirit who convinced me to literally remove my hand from the helmets and leave them in the van.
My baby girl showed me her helmet today, and it’s noticeably banged up. That would’ve been her. She’s out of the sling today, and her hip is a little bruised, but it hasn’t slowed her down one bit. In addition to the sling, I bought a brand new pair of handle grips which have been successfully installed. 🙂
God spared her and the trip. Watching her splash in the waves and dig in the sand, I am so very grateful for God’s hand of protection through some common sense and obedience at the small cost of inconvenient packing. 🙂 Party on…