In an Instant
Life is fleeting. We don’t like to think that. We like to think that we will be here for a very long time, able to enjoy family and friends, and all that this world has to offer us. But when tragedy strikes, reality hits hard. We start to realize we are not guaranteed tomorrow, or even the next moment, so what are we doing with the moment we are in? What basket are we putting all our eggs in this Easter? Do we know who our Savior is?
This writing comes from a very tragic event that happened here in the Bay Area just a few days ago. I first got news of it via an email from work. One of our Sport Clips gals was killed. A gravel truck fell over on her car. I couldn’t imagine how that had happened. Gravel trucks don’t just topple over. But when I saw a picture of the accident, I understood. The truck was in the dumping position, and it must have been on unlevel ground, or loaded unevenly, because as the back of the truck was up in the air, it fell over to the side, crushing my co-worker as she sat in her car in the driveway. A young 32 year old mother of a four year old, and pregnant with her second child, was killed in an instant. If her car had been pulled five feet forward or back, it would have missed her, but it didn’t. The exact place where the bed of the truck hit the ground, was where she sat in the driver’s seat. It is such a loss for her family, and all those who knew her. Her life quickly ended—not on a freeway, or even speeding, or on a curvy road...in a driveway of all places.
As I thought about this, and prayed for her family this week, the verse in John 15:13 (NIV) came to me. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” This young woman didn’t do this voluntarily. She had no idea that would be her last day on earth. Sadly, I don’t know what she believed, and where her final destination was. But I do know, that if she could come back and tell her family and friends one thing, it would be this: “Heaven is where you will want to be when you leave here.” All those who knew her are thinking more deeply about life and death right now. When her life was laid down, many minds opened up to consider more than just this day, and just this world. Tragedies like this cause everyone to think about the brevity of life on this earth. Then we must take it that next step...to where, and to Whom do we go when we leave here? Good Friday seemed a tragic day. But Resurrection Sunday soon followed!
Searching And Noticing the Divine causes us to think about more than just this world. Right now, it causes me to think about the verse in John 10:11 (NIV), “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” Jesus laid down His life for us so that we could have eternal life with Him in Heaven. Jesus laid down His life so that in times of great tragedy we can have great Hope. That’s what Resurrection Sunday is all about. When all our eggs are in Jesus’ basket, we have found what we have been searching for—an eternal life in Heaven when this life is done. That is cause for a great celebration! He is risen! He is risen, indeed!
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.
He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.”
Mark 16:6 (NIV)