He never saw the tractor. Didn't see those blond curls bouncing in laughter on grandpa's knee. It was dusk and by the time he saw the green John Deere it was too late. It was just an ordinary evening- they weren't doing anything they hadn't done a million times. People are quick to say "what in the world was he doing driving a tractor without lights in the dark WITH A 5 YEAR OLD ON HIS KNEE?" But this is farm country and every child around here has been riding a tractor since they were old enough to sit up on daddy's (or grandpa's) knee. And this particular little girl loved to be by her grandpa's side- helping feed and care for the animals, she was an excellent farmhand. The best (and the prettiest by far).
Now a 19 year old boy has to live with this overwhelming sadness and a family has lost two loved ones. And around town, you can hear the question being whispered, "Why would God allow this to happen?"
But we are all born with the promise of death and these two were no exception. I will die and you will too and so we must be ready because life could be over in an instant. Death can be tragic, as in the case of this grandpa and smiling grandbaby; or you could go to sleep tonight, just like the 17 year old down the road, and not wake up the next morning. In the blink of an eye.
We don't know when it will be our turn, but we do know that God will take this accident- this
tragedy- and do something great with it. Souls will be saved and lives will be changed; all because of this sweet girl and her papa and their last tractor ride together.