Early last Friday morning (it was still very dark) I was cruising down a rural Minnesota road. I was on my way, with my wife Karen and my daughter Lacey, for a long day of medical tests at Mayo Clinic. As we rounded a curve my headlights revealed a deer right in the middle of my lane. No time to brake or swerve – I braced for a front impact. In that split second my peripheral vision picked up 4 or 5 other deer coming across the road as well. Then the window next to my head exploded as another deer ran into the side of our car; I somehow missed the deer in front of me. As I came to a stop I spit glass out of my mouth and sat in stunned silence. I checked to see my daughter and wife were okay. Then I assessed myself. Other than having the ba-jeebers scared out of me – I was fine. We all were.
It could have been so much worse. We were not expecting that! And yet it happened nonetheless. Thankfully we were not killed – not even slightly injured. Just a smashed out window, a torn off side mirror, a few dents, and a missing hubcap!
Once again I had been starkly reminded of how quickly life can change, of how fragile life can be. As I reflected on our little accident the words of James came to mind:
13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. James 4:13-16
Are you living your life in the full knowledge that your life is like a mist?
Are you ready to face God? Are you living life without regrets? Are you focusing on what is really important?
That’s the stuff I’ve been thinking about. And grateful to be here!