“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens… a time to tear down and a time to build up…a time to mourn and a time to dance… “ Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4
Do accidents ever hit so close to home that they change your perspective on EVERYTHING in a moment? “Christi, we need you guys… something has happened.” Those are bone-chilling words. I know God is in all the details. I know He is working all things out, according to His will. But - it causes me to step back and realize just how fragile this life is. We are here today; but, we are not promised tomorrow.
Night before last, we received that very call. The tone of Jamie’s voice was enough to send the blood draining from my head. Will, our good friend and pastor had just backed out of their very steep driveway, and his brakes simply did not engage; this sent him backwards, down a steep embankment, with no brakes, and zero control. Thankfully - God took control in that precise moment, and guided Will’s SUV to collide with the only two trees that could have stopped him from rolling his vehicle over a cliff. I’m sure there was only one name that passed his lips as he crossed his arms across his chest in a blind attempt to protect himself. The impact that threatened and approached from behind he could not see coming, and I can only imagine the terror he experienced in those few short moments. “Jesus, help,” I imagine Will crying out. And, help He did!
Yes, his vehicle was totaled. Yes, his leg took some serious impact. Yes, his nerves were shaken and the adrenaline pumping through his veins wracked his body for hours afterward.
I will never forget the look of pain and fear that were so plainly in his eyes, only minutes after the wreck. But, we are not attending his funeral this morning, or praying over him in an ICU ward -- and that is truly a miracle beyond expression! Will walked away from his crumpled vehicle and even preached two sermons 15 hours later!
How would God have us respond in moments like these? We get so caught up in the routine of life, always expecting tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow. The truth is, we aren’t promised anything.
Is the life you live making an impact on the world around you? Or, are you just passing through this side of eternity trying to survive? If tomorrow never came - could you look back with no regrets?
Prayer: “Lord, help us! Not just in the intense situations, but in the everyday moments of our lives. Help us to say no to the good and leave time for what’s best. Help us to have the courage to take inventory of our lives, and change what needs changing. Help us to focus our energies and point others back to You and Your Glory. Help us, Jesus - we cannot accomplish anything of lasting significance without you.”