Earlier this evening, as I began to gather my thoughts for the post, I was struggling with what to write. The ideas that I originally had concerning a topic to discuss seemed to fade away and I couldn’t get any clarity of mind as how transfer my thoughts to written words. In other words I couldn’t get a peace about what to write. Then, as I reflected back on the past week, I was reminded that it has been one of great tragedy and tremendous loss for some folks and that my family has again been spared the sorrow and pain that comes from losing someone we love to that old, dreaded enemy called death. I can’t imagine what it must be like to lose a child to what we consider a premature death and my heart goes out to those parents that have experienced that very thing, and some this very week.
Several years ago I either read or heard someone say that we are allotted so many heartbeats in our lifetime and we should make every one of them count. I realize that we all get so tied up in our “routine of life” that we forget that it is but a vapor that soon disappears. And suddenly, when someone experiences a tragedy, the reality comes rushing back and we are reminded that death is no respecter of persons and it could have just as easily been us to experience the loss. The question then becomes “How many heartbeats do we have left”? Obviously none of us knows that answer but the bible clearly states that “it is appointed unto man once to die and after that, the judgement”. That we should “make our calling and election sure”. But it also assures us that the enemy of death was conquered by Jesus when He arose and, for those who have put their total faith and trust in Him, “to be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord”.
I want my prayer to be that with however how many heartbeats I have left, I make them count in ways that are an encouragement to others but most of all that are pleasing to the Lord. Please pray for those families that have lost loved ones this week that God will comfort them as only He can do. Remember, but for the grace of God, it could have been us.