I’ve never seen Matt Lauer get choked-up on camera, but he did this morning while interviewing two Christian families for “The Today Show” (see video above). Lauer is astonished by their faith and even asks them if they ever doubted God through their ordeal. Both families confessed their faith in God’s sovereignty over painful tragedies, and it was an unusually beautiful thing to see on network television.
What was the story about? In 2006, five students from Taylor University were in a deadly car accident, and only one of them survived. The lone survivor was a blond-haired co-ed who was hospitalized for weeks after the accident. For five weeks, the girl in the hospital bed was believed to be Laura Van Ryn. As she recovered and began speaking again, family members discovered that she was not their sister/daughter Laura. Instead, they found out her name was Whitney Cerak and that Laura had in fact died in the crash.
It is a terrible story, but one that is filled with God’s grace on these two families. You should have a look at this video. If you are interested in learning the entire story, the Vany Ryn’s and the Cerak’s have a book that lays it all out. It’s titled Mistaken Identity: Two Families, One Survivor, Unwavering Hope.