Teach us how short our lives really are
so that we may be wise. Psalm 90:21 (NCV)
The other day I met a lady for coffee. She’s been reading the
Listening on YOUR Journey blog and said the posts have been meaningful to her. She wanted to become better acquainted. I love the way new friendships develop. For well over an hour we chatted, never lacking for some new topic of conversation.
One piece of my new friend’s story touched me especially. Around six years ago, she left for work one morning. As usual, she said, she kissed her husband good-bye, but for a seemingly inconsequential reason—and yet, one she still recalls in great detail—that particular morning, she kissed him good-bye one more time.
Her husband died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack while she was at work. Their morning’s ‘bonus’ kiss was their final kiss.
While my friend was telling me this part of her story—and for several hours afterward—I kept thinking about the fragility of life. In reality, I cannot know what the day looming in front holds. Yet, I don’t begin my day thinking, within a few hours, the direction of my life story may forever change. Instead, I tend to view each new day as merely the beginning of many more. Thankfully, that will generally be my reality, but the truth is, I do not know:
Is it possible that ‘good-bye’ kiss will be our last?
Could that extra-long hug be the last squeeze I’m able to give my loved one?
What if my parting words, ‘Love you, Sweetie!’ are the final sentiment I speak?
Today, I’m thinking, my story is a lot like a rose. The rose unfolds gradually. It’s beautiful to behold for a while. Its fragrance is intended to be lovely. Its thorns are often prickly. Eventually, the season for each rose ceases.
And, eventually, every earthly life story will conclude.
Chatting with my new friend, while drinking a decaf Americano at Starbucks, served as a good reminder to consider more wisely the way I approach each new day.
Blessings to you on this beautiful one-of-a-kind day!
Listening on YOUR Journey
- Think of a day—any day will do. If you had known it would be your last day on earth, what would you have done differently?
- If you knew ‘tomorrow’ would actually be that day, what do you think you might do to make it special and memorable for those you love?