My heart is hurting. Last night one of my former students was killed in a vehicle accident. She was 16.
Death, especially that of a young person makes us stop and realize the brevity of life. One minute someone can be here among us and in a moment’s time – they are gone. Time seems to stand still for a while. You want to reverse the clock and have things turn out differently.
John 11:25 holds great promise for those who put their faith in Christ. “Jesus said to [Martha after the death of Lazarus], ‘I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me shall live even if he dies.'”
Every minute of our life counts. Each moment is an opportunity to show Christ to others. Each day, a new day to show His love. The phrase “life is too short”, although overused, is true. Sometimes we don’t get “do-overs”. We need to tell those we love that we love them. We need to live our lives so there are no regrets.
Although the pain right now is great, I want to remember how quickly life can change. I want to hug my daughter a little closer and never miss an opportunity to say “I love you”. I want to remember to tell her and my nieces and nephews how proud I am of them and what great people they are. I want to be sure to stop and talk with my former students and see how things are going in their lives – to let them know I care. I want to take time for my friends and family – to do things that make them feel special. Most of all, I want to show them all what a difference Christ has made in my life.
And then, when this life is over, I look forward to a better one. One where I don’t have to feel the pain of death and the sorrow of loss. Revelation 21:4 promises – “And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be any death; there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain.” Oh how great that will be!!!!!!!