Do you ever start a new week and then feel behind even though it is only Tuesday? For many of us, being hurried just comes naturally. I keep a Palm Pilot that has lots of things that I plan to do or think I ought to do. I have a calendar that has on it places that I am supposed to be on certain dates. I use e-mail, an ATM, e-mail, and a micro-wave (which often seems too slow). I have a cell phone, a phone on my desk and then one at home. The other day I was reading an e-mail, talking on the cell phone and then the phone on my desk rang. I picked it up to tell a person in the office that I could not talk right then. I remember thinking about how silly this was.
Many of us are so busy and frazzled that we just skim the surface of life. We skim and then move on to something new. No time to read, think, or talk at length with anyone. In quieter moments, we begin to realize how stressed we are, how alone we feel, and how exhausted that we have become. Our mania for keeping busy has left no time to pray or to meditate on God’s Word. For many of us, this kind of living has become our lifestyle. Occasionally, it will dawn on us that we are living this way and then we decide to hurry up and have fun!
The other night, some very good friends of our were involved in a serious automobile accident. It is incredible that they are even alive. In fact, it is a miracle that they are alive. From pre-wreck to post-wreck, everything has changed. Their accident has caused me to remember that things that may seem so critical at one moment in time may not really be all that important. When your life is spared, you are reminded that the really important things in life (your walk with God–your marriage–your children–your friends and loved ones) are what really count.
Whether or not your life has been recently spared or not, we all have one thing in common. Today is a gift from God. From the air we breath to the smallest gesture of kindness, it is all a gift.