Matthew R. Perry

Why Would God Allow Stephanie Hufnagel to be crushed like that?

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2006 at 1:22 pm

Here in Lexington, KY, an awful accident took place when a wall from a parking garage crushed Stephanie Hufnagel.  The car that hit the wall caused that slab of concrete to fall, thereby crushing Stephanie and her 8-month-old unborn baby.

Why would God allow that to happen?  The son of one of our members asked that question.  Here are some of my answers:

  1. God puts on display that we are in the land of the dying and that this world is under the curse of sin and death (Romans 8:18ff). 
  2. God puts on display that life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow, and thus gives us a deterrent to our boasting and arrogance.  James 4:13-16 tells us, "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"— [14] yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. [15] Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that." [16] As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil."
  3. God puts on display the question, "Why that woman and her unborn child and not I?"   Hundreds of people walked by that spot where Hufnagel and her child were killed.  Now, many will be asking themselves, "Why was I spared?"  Now, I pray that in light of this, many would see that "the wages of sin is death" and that they would see they do not deserve the life that God has given to them.  God is holy — we are not.  May this drive hundreds of people to Jesus our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer so they may be made right in the eyes of God should their earthly life be done.

Just some thoughts.

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  1. Similar event … we should all give heed to.

    Luke 13:2-4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? 3 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

    We might question our sovereign God, but we are all still under His sovereign hand.

  2. Similar event … we should all give heed to.

    Luke 13:4-5 “Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 “I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”

    We might question our sovereign God, but we are all still under His sovereign hand.

  3. not trying to be disrespectful, BUT …what’s wrong with passing in her sleep, a brian anurism, SHOOT…let’s even saying being hit by a car. THERE ARE MANY better more respectful and peaseful ways to die….I as a pregnant mom have been having tremendous nightmares from this. IT is extremely scary and I want to hold my OTHER 3 children even closer than I already do..when I need to be letting them spread their wings. Am I mad at God..NO!! Not at all, I am just a little disappointed in the way this woman (whom I do not know) passed. It’s NOT right. It wasn’t an act of war or religion…IT WAS jut plain DUMB LUCK!!! Why couldn’t she have trip 1 minute before hand and go into early labor..

  4. In Job 1:21, Job says, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away — blessed be the name of the Lord.” The author of life and the taker of life is the Lord God Himself. Did He tell Job why his children had to die from those collapsed walls? No. The only thing that Job received from God was … God (read Job 38-42). We may have an idea of how things are to work, but it is all in the hands of God! If God did not see this coming and it was just plain dumb luck, then how can we know that God is in control of anything?!?! If God is, nothing is dumb luck, but according to His purposes. And those purposes show that this is a sinful world and that death touches us all due to the stain and curse of sin? Do we know Christ Jesus who takes away the curse? Do we know Christ Jesus who conquered death, hell and the grave?

  5. This is ridiculous. Leave it alone. God didn’t have anything to do with this horrible accident.

  6. Josh:

    Given the address from where you sent this e-mail, it seems as if you work with the Lexington Herald-Leader. I’m surprised you would make a comment on a blog such as this with a comment such as yours. I thank you nonetheless.

    Please keep in mind that, when you say leave it alone, I wrote this over a year-and-a-half ago (May 2006) in response to someone who asked.

    But you contend God didn’t have anything to do with this accident? So are you saying that God has a limit to his power in what he is capable of? Then how, if God is so limited in his scope, could we ever call on him with a knowledge that he is actually there to answer? If we follow your logic, God is either mean, inept, arbitrary, or as the Scripture says, there is a reason and a lesson behind it all.

    God identified with our suffering through Christ’s salvific death on the cross. Humanly speaking, no reason at all. But behind that death and subsequent resurrection was a great purpose of redeeming a people and giving them a way to escape the curse of this tainted world. If there was a purpose behind that, with which God personally identified, then we have to trust there is a purpose behind it all. If God is out of that equation, he’s out of all equations. We can’t pick and choose.

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