As many of you know, a little more than a couple of weeks ago, my son-in-law and grandson were involved in a traffic accident, and my grandson had to be airlifted to Memorial Hospital.
When I first heard the news, all we knew was that Zion’s condition wasn’t good, and that he was in critical condition with a broken leg and brain trauma; he was unconscious and was not responding. A lot of thoughts went through my mind, including a real possibility that he wasn’t going to make it. I sat stunned in my car and couldn’t even get words to come out as I tried to prepare myself for a worse outcome.
I was reminded of some valuable lessons, including the fact that we take those we love for granted. We go on in our busy lives and, many times, neglect spending time with those in our family that God has given us the privilege of being part of. Also, there is no guarantee that any of us will be alive and well tomorrow. In the book of James, we are challenged to realize this uncertainty of life when the writer says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a while and then vanishes.”
Since life is so uncertain, and we do know that we all are going to have to come to the time when we will depart this life, we need to make sure that we are prepared to meet our maker. The Bible makes it clear that we do this by deciding to be a Christ follower, and the good news is that the invitation to do so is given to each of us.
By the way, God is faithful and Zion is doing so well that, just a few days after becoming conscious, he is heading home from the hospital — to the amazement of the doctors and trauma team.