Wednesday, February 9, 2011

When the Sand Runs Out

Yesterday, the neighborhood and community where I grew up and the entire Metro Atlanta area were shocked and dismayed with the sudden and bizarre death of a local 19 year old. That 19 year old happened to be my neighbor; I’ve known him since he was born, I’ve babysat him, and he later attended high school with my brother.  By now, most of you may have read the story and some of you may have even been stuck in the traffic that immobilized the city for hours after the fact. There are still a lot of questions lingering around events that lead to the horrible traffic accident that took his young life.

As the story unraveled yesterday and word spread, I found myself savoring everything. The orange I had for a snack; the beautiful sunrise; the fact that no matter how horrible my day is, I’ve still been blessed with another day on this earth and an opportunity to make the next one better!

What is it about death, especially the death of a young person, that makes you stop and reflect on your own personal life and the things you have accomplished or the impact you may have left on someone else’s life or the simple blessings you may have overlooked? Shouldn’t we be conscious of those things every single day of our lives? Because, after all, no one knows when the day will come that God will call you up? 

At what point, do people become so consumed with everything else in life that they don’t enjoy beautiful sunrises or take two extra seconds to place a call to someone instead of sending them a text because it’s quicker? It’s always been said that God let’s everything happen for a reason. Some of the reasons may take years to be revealed but in the end, situations like this could affect hundreds of people. For me, it’s reminded me how precious and fragile life is and how in the blink of an eye, everything can change!

Matthew 6:34 says, Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

And that is exactly what I’m going to do! I will try harder to relish in each day as if there were no tomorrow and be thankful to God that He has blessed me with one more day on earth with my family and friends and trust in Him that when my day does come, that my family and friends will be able to say that I lived my life to the fullest while on earth and that they will have comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited again one day!

O Lord my God! When I in awesome wonder 
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. 
I see the stars; I hear the rolling thunder, 
Thy power throughout the universe displayed. 

When Christ shall come with shouts of acclamation 
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart! 
Then I shall bow in humble adoration, 
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art! 
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee; 

How great Thou art, how great Thou art! 
Then sings my soul, My Savior God, to Thee: 
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
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