I Choose to Pray
Updated: Feb 4, 2020
Hi dolls and gents, I’m sure you’ve heard by now the devastating news regarding Kobe Bryant, his daughter and all of the other precious souls who lost their lives in a helicopter accident on January 26, 2020. It was an ordinary morning, my family was preparing for a long day of volleyball. I walked into my daughter’s room to see if she was getting dressed, she was sitting on her bed with her laptop in her hands and said “mom, Kobe passed away this morning in a helicopter accident.” I replied, “um no, I’m sure it’s fake, why would someone say that?” She got up from her bed and said “no mom, look! It’s been confirmed.” My heart sank into the pit of my stomach. I called my husband and gave the news, his response, “no way!” I stood there in the kitchen looking at my husband praying Kobe’s family wasn’t with him. The car ride to volleyball was long and quiet, we were all in disbelief, how did this happen and why?
After arriving at my daughter’s tournament the news confirmed that Kobe Bryant, his daughter GiGi and 7 others perished in the accident. As a wife I couldn’t imagine receiving news that my husband passed away suddenly and as a mother, my every being ached because I felt like I lost my daughter in that moment. I felt a deep sharp pain in my heart and soul because not only did Vanessa Bryant lose her husband who she had been with her whole adult life, she also lost a child who she carried for nine months, birthed and protected for 13 years. In a moment they were both gone. I couldn’t bear the burden Vanessa is carrying right now, I wouldn’t be able accept the cards she was dealt. No one deserves to walk through this deep dark valley of brokenness especially publicly.
As a mother and wife who walks with the Lord I choose to lock arms with Vanessa in the spirit and pray for her and their daughters. I choose to carry her hurt, anger, rage, disappointment and questioning so she doesn’t have to do it alone. As a mother and wife I choose to speak life into Vanessa so she can be the woman God needs her to be to raise her daughters. I choose to pray peace over her mind so she can sleep at night, I pray that she can fix her eyes on Christ to keep moving towards him trusting that all things will work out for her good. I rebuke the spirit of depression that is trying to take root in her mind. I rebuke every media outlet who is trying to speak death over Kobe’s legacy. I choose to cover Kobe Bryant’s family and all of the families involved with the blood of Jesus through prayer. May the Lord‘s peace that surpasses all understanding fill each home of the families.
If you are a woman or man of God, join me in praying for this family and all of the families that were affected. It’s our job as Christians to mourn with those who mourn and rejoice with those who rejoice Romans 12:15. I don't know these families nor do I have the right words to bring them comfort during this difficult time but I know a God who is good in all circumstances and I choose to pray to him so he can do what only he can do. These families need our prayers, I encourage you not to hold them back.
Vanessa, you may not understand yet the meaning of what Jesus is doing, but soon it will be clear to you. John 13:7 Know that you have God fearing women praying for you.