The Call No Parent Wants

With his phone to his ear, my husband whispered to me, “Madi has been in an accident.”


Our youngest daughter had a bumper bump when she had begun driving a different car. I assumed this was the same.

I was so wrong. Soon enough I discovered my husband was talking with an emergency medical technician on the scene of the accident.

Several hours earlier, our daughter began a road trip to see a dear friend. Going to college four hours from home, plus many little get aways in between, she has driven hundreds of hours of highway miles. With so much experience, saying good-bye no longer made my heart thump.

As Greg continued to talk to the emergency worker, I wondered, What should I do next? as I stared at supper simmering on the stove. By now Madi was over three hours from home. My head told me to move into gear: put the food in the frig, pack a bag and get going as fast as we could.

As I packed, although I had still not talked to my girl, a myriad of pictures began to arrive via text.


The worker was sending pictures of my daughter’s Pruis, which was unrecognizable. He had told Greg Madi was ok, but she still was not calling me.

I had to hear her; had to see her.

Reaching the hospital several hours later, we arrived just as Madi was being released. Our daughter was and is completely whole!


I have no doubt that God had His hand of protection all around my daughter as her tiny car slammed head on into the side of a Suburban, which was attempting to make a u-turn in the middle of an interstate.

We saw His protection so very clearly when we went to see her car the next day.










I’m choosing to share this story of God and His goodness today because Madi is on the road again, traveling several hours away to visit her sister. And with God’s help, strength and trust, we won’t be afraid. God is with her!

I know not everyone’s story is the same as our’s. I don’t understand why bad things happen to good people. I do know that I am grateful and want to shout His praises for helping our family!

Thank you, Lord, for Your kindness and goodness to our family! (And thank you. Toyota, for making such a safe car!)



  1. Praising God with you! He is truly Emanuel.

      1. Pamela Boone says:

        Hello Lynn! God Bless You! I was in a serious car accident last year! The guy that I was with was speeding and we hit a stop sign and I hit the windshield my head was bleeding and full of glass. My hair was. bleeding and my glasses got broken. I was taking to the hospital. I passed out. I still have really bad headaches. But I had a Angel with me. I could have die that night. My life has changed all because of Renew Swoope she was my inspiration she touched my heart. I miss her! I am studing the Bible and taken classes in Theology! I want to support the Ministry! Proverbs 31 Ministries! I want to do Bible Studies with the Ministries and maybe even volunteer when the time is right. Love in Christ Pamela.

        1. Lynn Cowell says:

          Hello Pamela – I am so glad the Lord was watching over you. Sounds like you got a concussion. My daughter has had concussions and vestibular therapy with a physical therapist was so helpful!

          I love Renee, too! She is one of my dearest friends. I will share your kind words with her.

          Thank you for giving back to Proverbs 31 Ministries. We are so very, very thankful for our supports!

  2. Praise the Lord Indeed, amen ??

  3. Glad to hear that she was OK!
    One of my brothers was in car accident in 2013 but he didnt make it, he was 20 years old.

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Oh Oksana – as I wrote this post I thought of those who do not have a happy ending. In fact, for that reason I almost did not write it. I don’t understand why God allows such painful things to happen, but I do know that we can trust Him … even when we don’t understand. I am so very sorry for th loss of your brother.

  4. Wow! Nothing but praise to Him!
    I have mixed tears…the pictures of the wreckage vs. the beauty of His hand on your precious girl.

  5. The reason all things happen is to bring Honor and Glory to His name! Whether good or bad! Just as you have done Honoring the Lord in all of this! Praying today for you and your sweet daughter!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Brooke – our family has had a lot of rough things this summer … not all turning out the way I would want them to be. Yet, we will praise and serve our God even when we don’t understand. He is over all!

  6. Betty Currie says:

    Lynn, Praise the Lord! Thanks for sharing your story. I’ve had a card sitting on my desk for 2 months now to send to you. My SS friends did your Make Your Move book together. Life has been difficult in many ways since December but just wanted you to know that I appreciated your insight of God’s work in our lives. Your book was awesome! I am so thankful that your daughter did not get hurt. GOD is GOOD! Life has started to slow down for me so eventually you will receive the card.. In Christ’s love, Betty

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Betty – I am so glad Make Your Move was a good study for you! Thank you so much for sharing that. It is very encouraging to me!

  7. This morning your post was such a wonderful blessing. My daughter Alicia ( You remember us the family in the redwoods) has a Prius and My husband Glenn is training her to drive it as we speak! It is such a testimony and fills my heart with joy to see how God protected your dear daughter and how Toyota made such an awesome vehicle, and to see God’s hand of grace on us! Thank you for the reminder that though it is so scary to see our daughter grow into the independent young beautiful woman it is also reassuring to know she is in God’s hands.

  8. Oh Lynn, my heart was pounding as I saw the pictures then scrolled down to see Madi’s beauty smile. Praise God! He is our Protector! Hallelujah! Also nice to see the face of the young lady I prayed for during her finals. Thank you for sharing this story. God goes with our children when we aren’t there and when we let them go.

  9. Praise God! I am so glad to hear Madi is fine!
    Thank you for sharing this miracle with us!
    It grows our faith each time we hear of another miracle!
    God is good!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      I feel the same way, Susan. Isn’t that exactly what the Word tells us is true, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11

  10. So glad that your daughter Madi did not get hurt. Thank you Lord!!! Praises for you. My heart breaks for the families of the ones that didn’t make it through an accident….Prayers for them. ~Lisa~

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      Me, too, Lisa. Me too.

  11. God is good all the time. God also spared me in an accident on May 21 this year. I was in the middle of a 5 car accident, between 2 pickups. I was driving a Toyota Corolla which was crushed front and back. Air bags went off. All doors opened. I was shook up and sore for a couple days, but not seriously hurt. Praise God!

    1. Lynn Cowell says:

      He is a good, good Father, Ethel! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

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