Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Life can change in an instant

     This past weekend we spent time with Tim's family celebrating his mother's birthday.  It was a great time of getting together with family and friends we hadn't seen in many years.  We had great food and told wild stories. Basically we just enjoyed being together and rehashing old memories of days gone by. As the weekend came to a close, we had a hard time saying good bye, but we gave our hugs and kisses and headed down the road. There was a great sigh of satisfaction as we headed back to McAlester.  We felt  everyone had had a good time and that we had truly honored Kay (Tim's mom) for her birthday.
     As always, when we travel, I am snoozing and Tim is listening to a talk show on the radio. Life is good. Everyone is happy. Kids are safe. Everything is right with the world; we thought. All of a sudden the car phone goes off. (Yes we have one of those cars that the phone comes through the radio) Little did we know that things were about to change. On the other end of the phone was our friend Shari (we lived with her and her husband Rod when we moved to McAlester). She said that she had just brought Rod to the emergency room. She was scared. Life had just changed in an instant. Tim told her we were over an hour out, but we would get her some help. Tim made calls and we started praying. We arrived at the hospital to find our friend with tubes and wires coming out of his body. He was fighting for his life. As we followed the gurney to the helicopter pad. I kept thinking, didn't we just finish celebrating life? Now we are praying for God to save a life. I say it again, Life can change in an instant. The doctor spoke to us as they transported Rodney out and said that he was as critical as anyone could be and that he didn't know if he would make it. We stood beside the helicopter pad with other friends and church members praying as a group for this dear friend. The word went out to pray. There were churches all over the world praying. All I can say is that God is a miracle worker. Rodney arrived in OKC and was taken care of immediately. After a night of prayer we were notified that he was doing well.
     You know when you are young you think you are invincible. When you are old you start to get your head wrapped around the fact that your days are numbered. But when you are middle aged you kind of put things on cruise. As we go about this week lets try to live in the moment and realize we need to make this moment count. As I said before life can change in an instant.

Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this  or that city,m spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 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. Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." James 4:13-14

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