While heading home from California on the plane, I couldn’t help but think about how short life is. I know we all have things in our lives that come along taking us by surprise in ways we never expected. If that hasn’t happened to you yet, it will eventually.
When it comes to those we are closest to, those surprises can be life altering. Taking an announcement from our employer that we're being laid off (I've been there), as difficult as that can be, seems small in comparison to the realization that someone we love is no longer there or on their way sooner than expected.
Having faith and an assurance in our hearts of there being life after this one certainly can help to give us peace and comfort, but what about those who will be left behind who depended on those who go ahead of us? It’s a tough question to ask as, at times, life can seem unfair and, if you will, cruel. The truth is the view we have of life, whether this one or the one to come, is clouded with the unknown.
We can spend a lifetime asking the question, 'Why?' and never get the answer (at least not in this life). The real question is, what will we do with what we have been given? How will we make the best of the time we are left with?
Will we spend it wasting away behind our favorite bottle of wine, movie, or television show making excuses why we can’t change the world around us and do nothing instead? Or complain about others who didn’t live up to our expectations instead of giving of ourselves to others?
These are tough questions I must ask of myself. They are ones I will be taking a much deeper look at within my own life starting today. Regardless, my faith is strong and I trust in an all knowing, all loving God to work His will in our lives all the way through to the end.
Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers this weekend. I felt them and appreciate them more than you know. Wishing you all a blessed week ahead.
Love always my friends,