Monday's weather was in the eighties, more summer-like than spring.
It was a beautiful day for a baseball game...
...for a ride on the swings...
... for drippy, sticky popsicle stained faces.
Like an unforeseen mood swing, Tuesday was cold and wet.
The phone rang with news to match the weather.
A young mama in our church was told by doctors that there is nothing more they can do.
My husband and I drove up the hill to the hospital that overlooks our city.
I sat in the room when two little girls were told by their mama that the doctors say she is dying.
She talked about the only options remaining, that Jesus miraculously heals her here,
or that she goes to be with Him.
We prayed, we cried, and we told her to keep fighting to live,
until she hears the voice of Jesus telling her it's time for her to come home.
Life has no guarantees of always being a sunny Monday.
Rainy Tuesdays will come to us all.
God forbid that we should waste either one,
the sunny days or the cloudy ones.
Fear, worry, anxiety and stress are time thieves of the present moment.
They focus us on the what ifs instead of on the right now.
In a hospital room, when the doctors can do no more, life narrows to the right now.
We realize, literally, that we are fully dependent on God for our next breath.
We savor this moment.
We memorize our loved one's face.
We tell them every important thing we want them to hear, to know.
We forgive any offenses and ask to be forgiven.
We smother them with kisses.
We hold their hand.
God forbid that we should wait for a hospital room to live like this.
There's a reason God repeatedly told us not to worry, not to fret.
It blinds us to the blessings and the beauty right in front of our eyes.
It keeps us from embracing life and living it fully.
You and I are no different from that young mama in ICU,
we are all, literally, fully dependent on God for our next breath.
The question is, how will we live our right now?
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