Before he offered the world his best impression of a man trapped in a sardine can, Kaleb Whitby had never even been in a car wreck. Now that he has — walking away from a massive 26-car pileup in on Interstate 84 in Oregon on Saturday with exactly two Band-Aids and some ice — the 27-year-old farmer has some serious thinking to do.
“Thank God that I’m still alive,” Whitby told the Oregonian. “Now I’ve got to go figure out why.”
Divine sources did not immediately respond to this reporter’s repeated requests for comment, so for now we’ll just have to attribute Whitby’s improbable survival to good old-fashioned luck — and no small amount of it, either. More than 100 people, a dozen of them injured, were involved in the pileup, which unfolded about 30 miles east of Baker City, according to the Oregonian. Hours after saying goodbye to his pregnant wife and the couple’s 2-year-old son, Whitby was headed to Council, Idaho, when the accident occurred, according to the Oregonian.
When I write this article each morning I find inspiration in many places. Sometimes I awaken with an idea in mind and sometimes I come to my computer with and empty head, so to speak. Your probably know by now, if you have read very many of these articles that I have a particular view of God. Father is a very good term for God because He looks upon each of us as a potential daughter or son. God wants a loving relationship with each of the 7.3 billion people on planet earth.
For me, many of the “why” questions as cited above are answered by the fact that God wants us as sons and daughters. There is not some massive reason that can only be answered by looking at the big picture as represented by the cosmos. The answers can be found by looking within; because that is where God desires to dwell. How does that happen? How can God dwell within my heart when He inhabits the entire universe? The question really answers itself. God does inhabit the entire universe; therefore He is already in your heart in one sense. The sense that He desires to live within your heart is a matter of faith; or believing certain facts and making a decision.
The fact is that God loves the entire world because He made it and He made it good. That fact includes each person on the planet. Potentially, each man, woman, and child on planet earth are called to become daughters and sons of God. To make that come about God sent His Son, Jesus, to reveal God the Father to us and show us the way to the Father.
When a person experiences a remarkable escape from death such as Kaleb Whitby in the above news item; it is very appropriate to consider if there is some divine intervention involved and that there is a divine reason for the survival. When I went back to the computer a few moments later I was unable to find the article so the reaction of the reporter writing the news item is only from my memory. The reporter claimed to have inquired of God about the incident and received no reply. I am not in any way saying that the reporter is not a believer or that he was being irreverent. What I am saying is that the answer to Kaleb’s question is actually given in the Bible. The incident of the accident is simply a means of getting Kaleb’s attention so that he will actually ask the questions.
The bottom line is that God wants a relationship though His Son, Jesus Christ, with each one of the 7.3 billion people on earth.