On December 3, a tragic accident occurred in which Lauren Scruggs walked into the still-spinning propeller of a small plane she was exiting. I am sure that you read about it or heard about it on the nightly news.
The accident for the 23–year-old model occurred in Plano TX and she was transferred to Dallas Parkland Hospital. Scruggs got off the small private plane, walked into the prop where it sliced into her face, her shoulder and took off her left hand. But she has been doing better since mid-December.
She lived, but her left hand was severed and her left eye had to be removed later by surgery. Reports continue that fortunately she is doing extremely well considering, and that she is making rapid progress healing.
“We are thankful for all the strong and powerful prayer for this and the surgery today,” the Scruggs family wrote on their website created for this situation. Obviously, the family is very (supposedly very, very) religious. Her mother called her progress “a miracle.” “We trust Jesus,” she said, “but being human this is hard . . . very, very hard. Life stopped as we knew it and changed overnight.”
The town of Plano has through an auction raised $10,000 for her continued medical support. “It’s just a miracle to see the progress that she has been making,” said a family spokesperson said.
I wonder about and worry about that big credit to Jesus, prayer and miracles. What about the fine surgical staff, doctors, nurses, orderlies, teachers of those doctors and nurses, and the medical equipment available to deal with this situation?
I also wonder if anybody up there – Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit – are on the clock in situations like this. Lauren got off the plane and walked into the spinning propeller. Couldn’t Jesus or God with a small voice or large booming James Earl Jones voice have whispered (or shouted) a warning into her head or ear?
“Lauren, when you get off the plane, turn right – not left – there is a spinning propeller there. You don’t want to walk into it or towards it. No, no, no Lauren – you are walking in the wrong direction! Walk to the right – not the left – the right, the right!” Jesus might say. “Walk to the right, oh damn, now look what you have done – you walked into it.”
Maybe Lauren was on her cell phone and didn’t hear Jesus. But other than that excuse, a small warning would seem appropriate. I mean, unless Jesus and God are overworked and can’t keep up, is a small warning message too much to ask of a deity?
A friend of mine had a similar comment and posed another good possibility. “An omnipotent, omniscient being easily could have warned the young woman. Even better, an omnipotent being could have brought the spinning propeller to an instant stop, thereby sparing the young woman any suffering and performing a miracle in front of many witnesses. It’s strange how often God misses an easy chance to give more people reason to believe in him. It’s almost as if gods are make-believe or something.”
Make believe or something? Now there is a thought!