Take Nothing for Granted

February 28, 2009

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

James 4:14

Yesterday morning I received the unwelcome news that a friend from our old church had suddenly passed away.

He was very fit — riding his bicycle every day for years.  Short trips or long, pleasant weather or foul, for work or for pleasure… it didn’t matter.  (Every year he hand-delivered Christmas cards to our house with a hand-drawn stamp that said “Bike Mail” and the date.)  I don’t think anyone ever would have guessed that he would have a fatal heart attack at the age of 51.

Once I got over the terrible shock that he had passed, my thoughts turned to his wife.  In an instant, her life has changed forever.  I am sure that, like me, she was setting about her daily routine that morning.  She may have been getting ready for work, thinking about their plans for the weekend, wondering what to fix for dinner that evening.  She couldn’t have been prepared to find her husband that way — lifeless on the floor.

It made me stop and think about how much I take my family for granted.  I assume that life will go on as it always has from one day to the next.  Quite often, I am too busy being busy to focus on the people that matter to me more than anything. This was a sad reminder that we should never take tomorrow for granted.  It may never come.


One comment

  1. Many blame God for life’s disappointments, as have I on occasion. In the good times, I try to accept God’s plan to allow natural disaster, and human will to affect our lives adversely. After all earth quakes and serial killers have been around forever. We know that, so why do we kid ourselves that it won’t happen to us? And then, why are we angry at God when it does. What was God’s plan? That we not take each day for granted, and that we not hate ourselves when its too late and we realize we did.

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