Thursday, October 23, 2008

THE UNPREDICTABILITY OF LIFE

This thought, this concept, life's unpredictability, really hit me today. I've always tried to anticipate things, be a good girl scout, you know, always be prepared. Those of us type A personalities fool ourselves into thinking that if we're really good at being prepared, life will be that much easier and we'll have everything under control. But we fool ourselves if we really think that way because God is the only one who is truly in control and like everything else in our lives, we really need to turn it all over to Him.

How many times have you heard the story of someone working all their lives so that they could retire and then, 6 months to a year after they do, they have a heart attack and they've never had a chance to enjoy their well deserved retirement. Instances like this are unfortunately so common. It's a terrible reminder of how fragile life is but at the same time it brings home how God is the one pulling the strings. There certainly is some merit in the philosophy of living each day as if it is our last... It just may be.

I remember my mom clipping something out of the paper many years ago, something I read many years later after she was gone. The newspaper was thin, yellowed and brown from age, but still legible. It went something like this,
"I may never pass this way again. Any good that I can do, let me do it now, let me not desist, for I may never pass this way again". These are powerful words and ones we need to take to heart. Life is short. We do need to make the most of every moment, every encounter with another human being. Have a good sense of humor and a smile on your face. Who knows, you may be the last face someone sees before their journey is over.

LIFE CAN CHANGE…
By Patty Lynn

Life can change in but an instant
For we never know just when…
We will end up topsy turvy,
Facing challenges…and then
Find that we’re put in our places
By the One who holds each card.
Making us aware we’re “playing”
In the Master’s own backyard.

He determines who’ll be sliding,
Gently gliding down life’s path,
Or who will crouch in darkened corners,
Calculating moves like math,
Trying fruitlessly to figure
Clear-cut answers to the plan.
Adding method to his madness.
Oh, how typical of man?

Some might gravitate toward climbing
Corp’rate ladders and the like.
Some might see as independent
Peddling on a brand new bike.
But climbing has its won dilemmas
And free-wheeling much the same.
It’s best to pray for help and guidance…
For the journey, in His name.

So if you look into the mirror
See one face and one alone.
There’s no doubt your feet will falter
For He’s placed there, many stones,
Just to show you that you need Him.
That He’s there to guard and guide.
Why not take the hand that’s offered?
Merely reach…He’s by your side.

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