September 11, 2020

James 4:14

Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

 

My dad and I were sitting in our car’s front seat, waiting to pull out into traffic. I was about 12. Suddenly the quiet of the day was obliterated by a massive screeching of tires from our left. A large tanker truck hurtled across our field of vision, swerving wildly, tires smoking against the pavement. The truck’s cab and trailer performed something like a dance move right before our eyes, swinging just within a few feet of us, barely missing our car. Thankfully, no other cars were in its immediate path, and it was then able to slow down, pull over and recover. 

If it had hit us, it would have completely destroyed us.  

That was an incredible few seconds to experience. Just as fast as it started, it was over. And there we still sat, unmoving. Dad took a deep breath, then looked down at me. I looked up at him.

“Well, buddy…” he finally said, “I think we almost bought the farm there…”  (That was one of his favorite sayings.)

The Bible periodically encourages us to remember that life is short. If we were to unexpectedly depart this life today, what are the things we might most regret leaving undone or unresolved? Often we discover it’s our broken or strained relationships. God created us for relationship (in particular relationship with Him) so it’s no surprise our unresolved or divided relationships, left in that condition, can end up becoming some of our greatest regrets. 

As we conclude our current series on striving for unity in the face of division, perhaps today is a good day to take stock of your own relationships. If you knew today was your last day on earth, who would you want to talk with the most? Who would you most regret not reminding that you loved them, in spite of division? That you were sorry the way things transpired between you? Or that you appreciated them more than you ever managed to say out loud?

2,000 years ago our amazing God reached out and extended an amazing grace to us. So in our big relationships or our small ones, it’s never a bad day for us to reach out and extend that grace to one another as well!

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