If you are on Facebook, I’m sure at some point you’ve had a friend post a link to a video. Usually silly, sometimes they post videos that are supposed to be inspirational or moving. I don’t always find the video as funny or inspirational as the person who posted it, but the worst that happens is that I waste a few minutes and go on with my life. Not this time.
A friend posted a video with the title “How One Family’s Horrific Tragedy turned into an Unbelievable Miracle – a Must See” Sounds very inspirational, right? How wrong I was. The horrific tragedy? Mom driving 3 small children in mini-van when they get in an accident. With a huge truck. The picture was chilling – the back part of the mini-van was barely recognizable. And I’m thinking that the miracle must have been that the kids survived somehow, right? Please? Wrong. They slowly go through the sequence of events, as this family loses all 3 of their young children. And I’m sitting there, stunned and crying. I have 3 kids and I drive a mini-van – I can only too easily imagine myself in their shoes. My heart is breaking for these people I will never know. Where the heck is the miracle in all of this? You are then subjected to what seemed like HOURS of photos of the adorable children, while really sad music plays in the background. I wanted to yell at the screen “Okay already, we get it! They were adorable! They’re all dead now. WHERE IS THE MIRACLE??” Finally, in the last minute or so of the video, we get the miracle. The parents had triplets 2 years after losing their other children. And the triplets are the same genders as the children they lost.
Of course I’m happy that this family has more children to love. And, yes, I believe it’s outside the realm of coincidence that they had triplets who are the same genders as the children they lost. But did I find this video inspirational? Hell no!!! Well over 5 minutes of horror and heartbreak, 2 minutes or less of miracle.
What’s my point here? I’m not sure I know, exactly. I guess it’s a cautionary tale – be careful what videos you watch, hug your children and tell them you love them because life has no guarantees. But I’m still left wondering – where is the miracle in all this? Because in the end, these parents went through horror and heartache beyond imagining. And nothing can make up for that.