After surviving a horrific accident and a devastating divorce, country star Sara Evans shares how God truly heals all hurts. Here, Sara details the moment she realized God's faithfulness to protect and provide for her even in life's most frightening times.
On a warm June day in 1979, 8-year-old Sara Evans was playing happily in the long gravel driveway that led up to her family’s Missouri farmhouse. Without a care in the world, she skipped toward the end of the drive and out onto the paved country road…and didn’t see the car speeding toward her at 70 mph. In a flash of screeching tires, a crunch of metal and searing pain, the car struck little Sara, breaking both of her legs and both of her arms.
Sara was rushed to the emergency room, ended up in a coma for several days and stayed in the hospital for more than six weeks. “I remember everyone telling me over and over, ‘Oh sweetie, the Lord was watching over you!’” Sara tells Simple Grace. “That was the first time I realized that I had a purpose and that God had completely protected me. He kept me alive for a reason.” Sara says that the accident, enduring multiple painful surgeries and being in a wheelchair for almost a year afterward taught her how every struggle and joy in life is the Lord’s way of shaping us. “It played a huge part in my understanding of who God is,” she says. “It showed me how much He loves and protects us.”
Through every worry or hardship, Sara remembers one truth: God loves each of us unconditionally. “So many people believe, ‘Oh, God loves me today, but He hated me yesterday because I did this bad thing, but now I’m going to be good and He’ll love me again,’” Sara says. “But I don’t think that’s true—we don’t love or leave our children based on their behavior. God never, ever leaves us or stops loving us.”