Embrace It. Live It. Love It.
Earlier today I shared some of the details of my weekend over on The Style Geek. To be honest, the weekend was every bit as enjoyable as it looked in photos, but in between muffin making, wine tasting and movie watching, there were moments when the reality of life weighed heavily on me:
Moment 1: On Sunday, I taught the first through fourth graders at my church about the importance of working together and trusting God. During prayer request time, two other kids requested prayer for their grandfather who was dying of cancer. While only in grade school, I sensed a heaviness in their voices that told me they felt the weight of sickness and death. No child that age should have to know that type of sorrow, and I immediately wanted to snatch that weight away from them.
Moment 2: Later that day, I went for a walk with my mother-in-law. We were strolling through a beautiful neighborhood, and I was feeling rather discontent that I had to go home to my much smaller, less attractive abode. And then, my mother-in-law said “You know, I think it’s easy to wish for different circumstances or to get to where you want to be in life a little bit faster; but if there’s one thing I’ve realized, it’s that we can’t wish away today because it might be all we have.” From a woman who has lived through the death of one of her children, truer words have never been spoken.
Moment 3: Sunday evening I took a meal to a husband and wife with two small kids. In one week, the wife’s parents lost their jobs and found out that one of them had a malignant brain tumor that needed to be operated on immediately. As I dropped off the food, the words that my mother-in-law had said earlier that day echoed in my ears: “We can’t wish away today because it might be all we have.”
Life changes so quickly; and young or old, at some point, each one of us will experience pain, grief and difficult circumstances. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has yet to arrive. Today is all we have. Embrace it. Live it. Love it.