We should all consider how precious life is. Life is a delicate gift that is often taken for granted. Journey with me as we discover how delicate life is and how little control we actual have.
It was around 7:00 am on an average morning just like this one. My brother and I were riding together on our way to work. Going the toll road has become a ritualistic motion of life Jamie and I do without thinking.
This morning would be different. As we started down the hill after paying the toll a car looked as if it was about to pull out from a side road. I remember thinking “There is no way that car will…” CRASH! The two cars lifted off the ground, one spun to the right… One car landed to the left. Something flew out of the windshield…
We were only feet away when it happened; Jamie pulled to the side. I said “Oh God”. We both ran to the cars, Jamie went to the first and I the second. As I approached the car I saw the lady. When I opened to door I noticed several people running towards the 3 year old baby that had been thrown though the windshield. As I reached in to help the lady I saw the little one year old in the floor. I know not to move an accident victim but the baby was not breathing… I gently but quickly picked the baby up from it’s distorted position, went out to the street close to where the other baby was lying and put my ear to his mouth… nothing, I checked for a pulse… nothing. I thought to my self… Oh dear God, I don’t know how to do CPR on a baby, what if I break him? I gently compressed his little chest only a few times and… breath but only for a moment! Before I could attempt to breathe air into this baby knowing full well I was not trained or prepared to do so a woman dressed in BDU’s rushed in a said “I am a nurse”. She threw her hat to the side and began to work on this little baby… Another man, dressed in a T-Shirt and shorts came running up and said “I am a paramedic” as he knelt down and assisted the Air Force nurse.
After seeing that both babies were being attended I went back to the car. I now had a second to realize what just happened. I reached into the car and tried to get the lady to speak to me. She was un-conscious but her breathing was good and the only injury I could see was a cut above her left eye. I thought to myself “She is fine, just shook up”. I stood for a moment and asked myself what can I do now? I looked over at my brother with blood on his hands from working with the other car and that baby was crying and the man seemed ok… I started praying.
My attention was brought back to the lady in the car. She was now moving and turned around in the seat… Now I could see she was pregnant. I asked her was she pregnant and she said yes. By now an army of emergency personal showed up, followed by a helicopter…
I learned several things from this tragedy. Most importantly is the fragile nature of life. Sometimes we get so caught up in the busyness of life that we never stop to smell the proverbial roses. The 22 year young lady who I thought was fine died along with her unborn child. Is there anyone in particular on your mind right now? Go to them: talk or even embrace them, you never know if tomorrow will come until it has past… by then it may be too late
- Do you need to make up with a relative?
- That BIG fight with the spouse or the kids on your mind?
- Do you know anyone who you may think is a Christian but you aren’t really sure?
- Life is so fragile! Make your peace, make your mark, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
If only I would have took the time in my past to learn infant CPR. That type of preparation could have been a life saver. Are you prepared to save lives? What about souls? God gives us the tools to learn to witness to the lost. We have the Holy Spirit, the bible and other family in Christ who will prepare us for witnessing to the spiritually dying… God saw you and I fit to die for, we should be prepared to share our gift.
Please help me to reach the lost. I think a major reason we don’t share is because we don’t have enough in us to go around. We are satisfied with knowing just enough about our Father to get us in the pearly gates and we become content with accepting the mundane.
Below is a brief little message for the unbeliever you can print (copy and paste into notepad) and carry with you or memorize (tough one for me) and carry in your heart. I can assure you that someday whether you want it or not you will have an opportunity to share Christ because someone comes to you and asks.
You may not have another opportunity. You don’t need to preach to them or convince them. Tell them how Jesus has worked in your life and leave the rest up to God. You can plant the seed, God assures us that that seed will be watered, nurtured and given every opportunity to grow into a beautiful flower of Christianity.
Little witness note:
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Luke 13:3 “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
I know that I have sinned. I believe that you died and rose for my sins to be washed away. I need you and want you to come into my life. Thank you Jesus for forgiving me and coming into my life forever. Please help me to learn more about you and live how you want me to.
Let’s all learn to share the Gospel with the lost and make sure the ones we think are found truly are.