There it was again yesterday. The reality that tomorrow is not promised to any of us. 2017 has been a year of instruction on that fact from experiencing our Uncle Gene’s sudden passing, to an attempt by a close relative to take their own life, to the head-on collision and shocking death of a ministry leader I worked right alongside, to another head-on collision in Morgan Hill at 5:30am yesterday morning ending the life of decorated CHP officer James Branik, and brother of a dear friend. I knew James personally, and to visit the house of mourning yesterday, with CHP vehicles coming and going, family stopping in, and tears flowing ,you just felt the upheaval of life ending – abruptly. Today my plea to God is for Jan, and Jill and Gina, the wives of all these men who passed too soon and too ahead of “their time” in my opinion. Grief of this kind sinks into your bones and almost makes you sick. How I pray that God’s “peace that surpasses all understanding” spoken about in Scripture will not be a theory, but their reality today as they grieve.
King Solomon rightly observed in Ecclesiastes, “Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” In the original Hebrew language it more literally reads, “Breath of breaths. All of life is but a breath.” In other words, life is but a puff of smoke. Life goes by really quickly and we don’t know when our days in this life will end. That’s why Solomon makes this important observation that I’m trying to take to heart this morning, “I know that there is nothing better . . . than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor—it is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him.” Ecclesiastes 3: 12-14 There are people in my life who I need to tell “I love you” today. There are people in my life I need to tell about the glorious hope of eternity with Jesus today. There are steps I need to keep taking to seek reconciliation in broken relationships because I don’t know how many days I have left. Let’s walk out that reality today because today could be it.