Sudden Life Change
Last Sunday was very weird for me. Not having church threw my whole sense of what day it is off. I kept thinking it was Monday. It messed up my normal routine. I missed the fellowship, the worship, the after church chats, going to lunch with someone, and my afternoon nap after preaching. Oh well, the weather changed all that. I understand that was the most snow in one event we have had in a number of years possibly as far back as 2005.
Mary, my daughter, texted me and said it must be really bad, dad canceled church. I really dislike having to cancel church, but this event was serious enough that it could endanger anyone who tried to make it.
Life lessons teach us that life can change drastically in a moment. You can be going along with plans that are good, everything in place, the day laid out, and suddenly it changes and forces everything to go another direction. Monday we were driving along, coming from Canton area back to the house. The roads had cleared up and were mostly dry. We were within a mile of the Hayesville exit on Rt. 30. I had the cruise control on and was passing a business van. I got to the place where my passenger side mirror was straight across from his when he drifted my way. I moved the truck as far left as possible and honked my horn and then suddenly “bang” he hit just behind the rear passenger side door. The impact sent my truck spinning. I think he hit us again as we spun in front of his van and then went straight into the guardrail. We hit the guardrail hard and spun to the left and ended up facing the way we came. The seatbelts kept us from being thrown forward into the windshield. We just sat there, stunned. We were all right.
There is no time to think or correct. It happens so fast that there is no control, no reaction time. You are totally at the mercy of time, space, and the laws of inertia. Where will this stop? My mind went to “Will we be hurt? Could this be the end?” “Will Cathy be all right?” There was no time to pray, repent, check in with God. As we sat there waiting on the State Patrol, we thanked the Lord for taking care of us, we called the kids. We kind of checked ourselves. “Are you hurt? Are you all right?” “You sure?!”
This morning I am all right. But the truck is damaged heavily, but still is slightly drivable. No engine damage etc. We were thankful to be in a large vehicle and sturdy. It can be repaired. The real blessing is we were not hurt, nor the driver of the van.
But the lesson, once again, is that things can change so rapidly. I have thought through the years that people who say they have time, really do not. Those who think that they will have time just before they die, it probably won’t happen. Either you take care of those things now or you will most likely not have time to care about it at the moment. “Today is the day of salvation.” This rings so true. The writers of the New Testament call out to us to make today the day. Do not hesitate, do not procrastinate, do not think that you will be afforded a long moment to repent.
I can think of so many cases through the years where someone’s life was snuffed out in a moment and others whose lives were drastically changed in a moment. Today is the day.
- Pastor Bill