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God Is Watching Over Us (Things Happen for a Reason)

John is a poet, short fiction, and freelance writer who also trained in home ministry and Bible study.

Many of you have read my recent poem "My Three Sons" that I dedicated to my three boys. Well something happened soon after I wrote that hub that sent a shiver down my spine, and renewed my faith that God is watching over us.


I'm sure some of you can relate to unfortunate events that have happened in your lives where you thought at the time, "Why did that happen to me?" or "How come I get all the bad luck?" Say for instance your house was destroyed by fire late at night. This is a terrible event in itself, but what if you received a phone call at 10 pm that a relative had been in an accident and you needed to go to the hospital right away. This call woke you up and made you leave the house when you would normally have been sleeping. You arrive at the hospital to find your relative only suffering minor injuries.

While you are away there is an electrical fault and your house burns to the ground. Your smoke alarms didn't work. If you were home asleep you would have been burnt to death. Is this a sign that someone is watching over you, or just a coincidence?


Now for my story.

My youngest son Trent phoned me a few weeks ago from Darwin, Northern Territory to 3427 kilometers away (approximately a four hour flight) from Brisbane, my closest airport. He said the first ever Australian Muay Thai Awards night was to be held at Jupiter's Casino on the Gold Coast and that he would really appreciate it if myself and his other brothers could attend, as he was nominated for two awards.

I said I would definitely be there, and my eldest son Daniel lives in Brisbane we would stay there and drive to the event at the Gold Coast. Trent traveled by plane with his wife Cheenee and one year old son Taidan to Brisbane on 7th December. My wife and daughters-in-law stayed in Brisbane and babysat the children while my sons and I attended the Awards Night.

Unfortunately, my middle son Jared and his family couldn't make it down until the following day, but it was good to spend time with all my sons as it doesn't happen often anymore as we all live in different parts of the country. The women also had fun spending time together as some of them hadn't met before and neither had the youngest grandchildren.

We had a birthday celebration lunch for Marie, Jared's partner. Those who wouldn't see one another before Christmas gave out presents and the children had a great time swimming and playing together on a trampoline.

Ok, I hear you thinking..."get to the point'....ok I'm getting there. (got to fill a hub...haha)

That night, Taidan, the one year old, was unwell and had trouble sleeping. It seemed as though he was coming down with a cold. Trent, Cheenee and Taidan were booked to fly back to Darwin at noon the following day. Daniel, who we were staying with is also a chef and promised to make a special breakfast for us all the next morning before they left.

Radane and Taidan in Brisbane.

Radane and Taidan in Brisbane.

Well by the time breakfast was finished it was almost 11am, and Trent was getting a little concerned that they would be late for their flight. Daniel said, "No you'll be fine. It's only a 20 minute drive, if we leave now you'll make it." They said goodbye to everyone and left.

Before Daniel arrived back I received a phone call, "Hey Dad, it's Trent. Can you tell Daniel to come back to the airport and get us. We missed our flight by ten minutes." Daniel hadn't allowed for traffic jams and catching every red light on the way to the airport, and the 20 minute drive had taken 30 minutes. Daniel's wife Widya went back to the airport to get them as Daniel was upset that they had missed the flight and felt responsible.

Trent was upset because he was supposed to work the next day, and re-booking the flight had cost them an extra $100. Everyone became a little uptight for awhile, blaming one another. "We were only 10 minutes late booking in, we still had 30 minutes before the plane was leaving" Trent said, "Why couldn't they be a bit flexible and still let us on?"

My wife, Kathy, was the calming iinfluence. She told everyone to relax and just accept the situation. "Sometimes these things happen for a reason", she said. "Maybe there was going to be a problem with the plane or something, and you just weren't meant to be on it." We all took her wise advice and enjoyed the extra day together.

Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport

That night, however, Taidan's condition deteriorated. He had trouble breathing, was coughing badly and couldn't sleep. His parents were forced to take him to the nearest hospital, where he was admitted after it was found out he was suffering severe bronchitis. The doctor said if he had flown to Darwin, his lungs could have collapsed and he would probably have died without medical assistance in the air. He is being kept in hospital and they aren't allowed to fly for at least a week.

How fortunate is it then that they were late for the original flight and weren't allowed to board? It was the difference between life and death of my one year old grandson! Trent and Cheenee are Christian and attend church regularly. They are convinced this wasn't a coincidence, and that God is watching over them.

So do I!

(Please pray for Taidan's speedy recovery)

Taidan in Hospital

Taidan in Hospital

© 2013 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 23, 2015:

Thanks for reading Jennifer and for your great comment. I have heard of this type of thing happen so often that I can't put it down to mere luck or coincidence. Your friend' father's story is a prime example. Someone is definitely watching over us.

Jennifer Arnett from California on January 22, 2015:

What an absolutely crazy story with an awesome ending. God was definitely watching out for your family. Thanks for sharing such an uplifting piece of your life with us.

I have a friend whose father worked in the New York Trade Towers. The morning of September 11th he left his hotel, and almost there, realized that he had forgotten important papers and turned back. He went up to his hotel room, got what he needed, then proceeded to go to work. At this point he was frustrated that he was late and had let his company down. While driving back to work he watched the towers fall. There's no denying it, that wasn't chance.

It makes me wonder how many times us being late is really a divinely handed gift. Maybe we missed the drunk driver, met our future spouse, or were at the right place at the right time to save a life--all from being "late."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 29, 2014:

Thank you for reading another of my hubs motherofallnations and for that kind prayer and blessing. Yes Taidan did have a full recovery thanks. I too hope this serves as a true testimony to others. Blessings to you again.

Mothers of Nations on August 29, 2014:

I absolutely believe our loving God was watching over the little one. The Lord knows everything well before we do. Missing the flight was certainly a blessing in disguise.

I pray your grandson received a swift and complete healing, in Jesus's name. I pray this testimony serves as an encouragement to others, strengthening their faith & trust in the Lord!

May God bless all of you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 26, 2014:

Thanks Shyron. This occurrence just helped to confirm that for me.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on July 26, 2014:

John, I believe God is watching over all his children, even me. Thank you for sharing your experience with "His Divine Prevention".

Blessing to you and your family

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 19, 2014:

Well, looks like I'm full of surprises Aneegma. Pray tell how did you come across this hub while looking for ways to make money? Not all of my hubs are poetry as you now see. I am glad something drew you to this hub (probably god) if you can relate to it in some way and needed this message at this time in your life. I am sorry it made you cry, but I am glad it eased something inside and allowed you to get a good night sleep. Yep, I am a grand dad but am still open to Thank you for sharing and I hope you had a great sleep.

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on April 18, 2014:

OK I'm crying for two reason.. One.. I didn't know you were a grand dad (Congrats, very cutie kiddies, glad they're ok now) In my head I thought you were Indiana Jones with a serious case of poem-phobia. Secondly, I was busy looking for ways to make more money and somehow I found this hub on my merry go round the web and didn't realize you wrote it until I saw the comments. So now I feel odd and can't stop crying because I relate to this story in so many ways. Thank you for reminding me that God is still here. I needed to hear that so now I can have a good night sleep. I would give you big hugs but that's crossing the line lol. Wonderfully written. Enjoyed reading it and have shared it. x

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 20, 2013:

My pleasure Fiery Angel Arts,

Thank you for reading and your welcome comments. Taidan is well again and has returned home. God is good.

Jinet Marte from Providence, RI on December 20, 2013:

As a christian and firm believer in God and His works I praise that He used this time to speak to your heart and others about how he surely watches over you and your family. This is an amazing story. Thank you for shering it with us.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 16, 2013:

Thanks drbj, thanks, he is out of hosptal and doing much better.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 16, 2013:

May your grandson recover quickly. Thanks for sharing this story.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 16, 2013:

I believe that too teaches,

Thank you for your well wishes, I'm sure it will prove God is faithful.

Dianna Mendez on December 15, 2013:

I do believe things happen for a reason and that God always has things under control. Thanks for sharing your personal story and I trust it will prove God is always faithful. Jer 29:11

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 12, 2013:

Thank you shaguftah, I think you are right.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 12, 2013:

So glad to hear Taidan is out of hospital and on the mend. I hope he's able to fly home next week and that he, along with all of you, is able to enjoy a wonderful Christmas. Ann

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 12, 2013:

Update on Taidan's condition: Just letting everyone know that Taidan was released from hospital today. He is much better but can't fly home before Tuesday next week. On behalf of my family, thank you everyone who prayed or offered support.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thank you Nikki. I believe there are guardian angels, and yes, who better for God to appoint than our departed loved ones.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Yes ShyeAnne, this is one of those instances. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thanks Alicia, so am I glad he didn't fly. You have a happy Christmas too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

hi Crafty, some people often ask, "if God is real why doesn't he perform miracles to prove it?" There are miracles happening all around us, it's just that many people are immune to them because of special effects in movies etc.where anything can be made happen. They just don't notice. I feel that this event was a miracle, not a coincidence. Thank you for you wonderful comments.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thanks for everything you said kidscrafts. Yes I'm sure missing the plane saved him, and the hospitals in Brisbane are much better than those in Darwin also. Thank you for praying.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thank you Flourish, I am so fortunate to have this wonderful family, and I'll keep you informed of Taidan's progress.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thanks for reading Fossillady and your kind words. A pleasure to share with this wonderful community.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thanks for the prayer eric, much appreciated. My boo boo head thanks you too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thank you so much for your prayers Kim, and for your kind words. You humble me. Glad you feel like part of my family, and it's good to have you as a friend. If you ever come to Australia, feel free to vsit. You will be made to feel welcome. Thanks for the vote up and share too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Ann, He seems to be improving. It's just a matter of time for his lungs to strengthen. I'm sure many of us have similar stories but don't always stop to think about the "what if?" Thanks for your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thanks Bill. I've always been reluctant to share personal stories in the past, but sometimes it's the right thing to do.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thanks Jackie, You are always encouraging and supportive. I'm sure he'll be out of hospital by Christmas. A joyful one to you and your family too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thank you for your kind wishes Mklow1, and also your prayers. I'm sure he'll be ok.

Beautiful Garbage from Louisiana on December 11, 2013:

Great story! I have always felt that God or my brother or grandma or some guardian angels are always looking out for me. But I don't have as nearly a convincing story as this.

ShyeAnne from Qualicum Bay, British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2013:

Sometimes the most random events are strung together beautifully to create a positive outcome . Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2013:

I'm very glad that Taidan didn't get on the airplane! I hope that he recovers soon and that you all have a wonderful Christmas, Jodah.

CraftytotheCore on December 11, 2013:

Oh I'm so sorry to hear about Taiden. What a beautiful family! My husband and I like to refer to situations that occur when a disaster strikes as evidence that God is watching out for us always. Such as in the case of a tornado that devastates an area but leaves a baby safely resting in a tree many feet away, unharmed. I don't believe in coincidences. Only miracles and God's promises. Thank you for sharing this story with us.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on December 11, 2013:

I believe also strongly that things happen for a reason. It's better to go with the flow and let go of the stress! Missing the plane probably saved the life of your grandson and he could receive the care he needed.

Your grandchildren are just adorable :-)

I pray for a speedy recovery for Traidan!

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 11, 2013:

You have a lovely family, and I hope Taidan heals quickly!

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on December 11, 2013:

Things do happen for a reason after all! I'm glad the little guy is okay and appreciate you sharing this great story!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 11, 2013:

Just amazing. Just dropped a prayer your way. Thank you for introducing me to your family. My youngest would remind me that "Jesus loves boo boo heads"

ocfireflies on December 11, 2013:


First and foremost, my prayers for Taidan and a speedy recovery.

Secondly, what an awesome hub. I love the fact that you tell your stories forthright and openness. You bring me in and make me feel as a member of the family. You have a wonderful gift as a writer. It is obvious that you are a terrific husband and father. I feel very fortunate to call you friend. A definite V+/share for others should read this story and be reminded that things do happen for a reason.



Ann Carr from SW England on December 11, 2013:

Poor little mite! I hope he is on the mend. I do believe that often things happen for a reason. I have similar experiences when one asks 'what if?'. It's a dramatic story which brings the point home.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 11, 2013:

Sharing personal stories with a lesson attached is a very effective way of delivering a message; you did it quite well my friend.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 11, 2013:

It does appear He is watching, and I do know things like this do happen maybe more often than we know about. Thanks for sharing that beautiful family story, for I know it makes us all feel closer to you, getting to know you! Hope you all have a merry Christmas and your grandson is all better by then. ^+

Mklow1 on December 11, 2013:

Wow, that is amazing. I feel bad for the poor little guy,but like you said, it could have been worse. I pray that Taiden will recover fully and keep you guys busy.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thank you so much MsDora for your kind words and prayers for Taidan.

Faith Reaper, I also appreciate your prayers and heartfelt wishes.

It is a pleasure to share this story to hopefully show that God is watching and intervening in our lives. Bless you both.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 11, 2013:

Oh, Jodah, I am praying right now for Taiden's full recovery and speedy recovery! Thank you for sharing your story. I believe with all my heart God is watching over Taiden. God bless you and yors always, Faith Reaper

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 11, 2013:

Jodah, thank you for sharing this experience of God's intervention in the lives of your family members. It encourages my faith and trust in Him. I said a prayer that Taidan would recover fully. All the best going forward!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 11, 2013:

Thank you for being the first to read this Suzette and for your thoughtful and caring comments. You're right that this is a good story to share at christmas, I never even thought about that. We just have to hope the little guy recovers quickly now he's in the hospital.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on December 11, 2013:

Beautiful article and story. And, your children and grandchildren are adorable. Yes, especially when I miss an airplane, I don't get upset because of this reason - sometimes it is for a darn good reason. Thank heavens they missed the plane and your grandson was able to get to the hospital for some wonderful care and didn't risk the lung collapse. We have to be thankful for tender mercies. Thanks for sharing a wonderful story with us. This is so great for the Christmas season.

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