We usually take the important things in life for granted until tragedy strikes. Over eight year ago I woke up in the middle of the night because something did not feel right. I got up and checked on my son, and he was fine. As I walked back to bed, the phone rang. It was a 3:00-o’clock-in-the-morning-something-is-wrong kind of phone call.
My brother-in-law was calling me with devastating news: my identical twin sister had been in a car wreck and was in critical condition. Her injuries were so severe she had to be helicoptered to the trauma center in San Antonio. I fell to my knees disbelieving the news. Two hours later, I rushed to San Antonio.
When I finally got there, I went straight to the emergency room. There I saw someone I had loved all my life on the verge of death. My twin sister’s body was broken and she was in intense pain. I asked the doctor if she was going to live, and he replied, “I don’t know.” All pretense of security in my life vanished. I realized that family, health and the comforts of this world are all gifts that God has given me, and I deserve none of them. Life is so precious, and I couldn’t believe how much I have taken it for granted.
Thankfully, my sister did live and underwent many months of rehabilitation. She maintains several large scars, a metal hip and some nerve pain as evidence of her near-death accident. I will never take her for granted again. In fact, I daily strive to see the value of all God’s blessings in my every day life. I thank God for allowing me to be a wife, a mother, a sister, a daughter and a friend every single day. When I focus on all that God has given me, I’m less worried about the things that truly don’t matter.
“Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
-Psalm 90.12 (NIV)
“Lord, please help me not to take the important things in life for granted. Help me to pour into my family, relationships, my health, my work and my walk in Christ. Please give me grace in the areas of life that I have been faltering.”