It has happened to many wives, husbands, moms, dads, sons, daughters, lovers and friends…that dreaded phone call saying a loved one has been in a car wreck. A forever altering moment…that could have been avoided. A life taken from our lives before their time. All too soon and leaving behind a trail of tears, not only for those who suffered the loss but for the person who was distracted while driving and made a huge mistake.
I had the honor and privilege of meeting Christina Rushing last night at Richland Celebrate Recovery. I intentionally missed small group to hear her story last night. To hear what her husband, Brandon Rushing, had overcome in his life to be taken by a who knows what distraction was heartbreaking. You see Brandon was a brain cancer survivor. A father of three, one daughter and two boys who are little miracles themselves as he technically could not have children due to the treatments for the cancer. A survivor of another wreck, by another teen, one year and two days prior to his death.
We never know why these things happen much less why God allowed it but good things always come out of bad as God heals. Christina has started a movement called D.A.D.D. Drive Against Distracted Driving. A movement to bring awareness to teens about how easy it is to become distracted while driving and the potential danger that can follow. A movement that prayerfully result in many lives being saved as a result of the awareness.
Christina will be sharing her story at Junior High and Sr. High schools throughout north Louisiana. She will also, I believe…possibly, take the Pathfinder as show and tell. A before and after picture of the vehicle is at the bottom.
(pictured Brandon Rushing)