This morning I saw on the news that another airplane crashed and broke apart on a runway in Turkey. They showed several other airport crashes that also have recently happened in Turkey. Lives lost in a moment of time.
I love this song by REVIVE called "Blink." It suggests that our lives will end in "a blink, in a flash" of time and poof its over. We won't have another chance to do the things we can do today. We won't get another chance to hug our child, kiss the head of our grand babies, gaze into the eyes of our loved one, or smile, laugh, and share love with our family and friends. It will be too late.
"It happens in a blink, it happens in a flash.
It happens in the time it took to look back.
I try to hold on tight, but there's no stopping time.
What is it I've done with my life.
It happens in a blink."
One young person who commented on this song wrote;
"It's 4am and I'm crying rn [right now]. My biggest fear is loosing my family and friends. The first thing I'm gonna do when they wake up is tell them all how much I love them. One day I won't be able to do that and it scares me to death. But until that day comes, I need to appreciate every single happy moment we spend together."
Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Church, Riverside (KNOWGOD.ORG) recently talked about Koby Bryant's sudden death and how he and his daughter had just left church when their helicopter crashed. Pastor Greg asks us if we are "prepared" for the inevitable. We all will die at an unknown place and time, but are we prepared for death?
I have one question for you...
If you knew today was the last day of your life, what would you do?
Would you spend it doing something alone, reckless, and totally selfish because you know it didn't matter anymore?
Would you go to work so you could finish that big job that needs to be finished?
Would you sit on your couch playing video games "one more time."
Would you raise your fist toward God and curse his existence?
Would you drop to your knees in thankful acceptance of an opportunity to live one more day. One more day to spend it with your spouse, your children, your family and friends.
I have had the honor and the pain of being selected to be a friend of a loved one who died of Cancer. In her final hours, she only thought of those who surrounded her hospital bed as she loved on each of us with her words, her eyes, and her touch. At her memorial service there were over 500 people who gathered to honor this strong woman of faith. Many gave their lives to Christ when she gave them an opportunity to prepare for their own deaths through her final wish for an alter call.
I think back at others who have come to me for therapy with terminal cancer who are angry with God, but who later have a change of heart when they consider the opportunity they have to love now, to give now, to share love, NOW...and they are grateful that they were not taken in a blink. They have eyes wide open and are prepared.
Sometimes we get a reminder of how precious life is in a song, in the words of a book, through the comments of a social media post, or in the words of the Bible:
"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom."
Psalm 90:12 (NIV)
DAY 30: Prepare