One day recently I was driving back home from some errands and I remember stopping at the light and sitting there waiting for the light to change. Sometimes at lights we have a tendency (well, at least I do) to drift away into thought. We may take a glance at our surroundings and for a quick moment it may cause us to think about something else. I believe that is what happened to me, because in the next second, in the blink of an eye, coming right towards the left of me in the divider of the road was a car. As I looked the door of the car was dented in and partly off of the hinge.
And it all happened so quickly. I did not see it coming. In the blink of an eye, right there, right next to me, so close I could almost reach out and touch them. And I did not see it. Hear me, ‘I blinked’ and I did not see it.
I then saw the man in the car right in front of me (who turned out to be a cop in an unmarked car, because he then put his flashing light on top of the car) speak to the driver of the car in the divider. And as the light changed I saw another car about 10 feet away in the intersection completely damaged. Totaled. Front smashed in and all. So not only had they had an accident and made noise in doing so, in the blink of an eye, I did not hear or see a thing. Mind you, my windows were up, the music was playing, the air was blasting, but yet I did not even notice.
Now two things… it scared that I could be in a thought so far away that this could have happened and I did not see it, given its proximity, and (2) just the utter quickness of it all. It was an actual blink of an eye. ‘How long,’ I have asked myself, ‘could the light have been?’ As I passed them I asked the Lord to cover the drivers and prayed that they would walk away from the accident “scratch-free,” and I thanked Him for covering me.
I went home and I told my children about it and after them “laughing at Mommy” I brushed it off and thought it was done. But then God began to speak…. In the blink of an eye. We take life for granted. Things are going well and all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, the Lord said, it could change. All it takes is one moment for someone to stop breathing; one decision can change your life forever. In the blink of an eye. One second and life as you know it, is no longer. God said treasure your life. Value your life. Every single moment that you have. Make wise decisions. Take the time to really consider them. He said, Value the good in your life. Value the people in your life.
And then He said, in the blink of an eye, there will come a day, where your time will be up. Your days are numbered. A man is appointed to die once. Make sure you are where you need to be with Me. He said in the blink of an eye, there will be a day, when Jesus will return, and those who are in Him shall be caught up in the sky to meet Him in the air. In the blink of an eye, no one knows the time or the hour that Jesus shall return but He IS returning. In the blink of an eye. And we need to be ready for it.
God said value your life. Value living. And live like there is no tomorrow. Make the right decisions today while you have the chance. Tomorrow may not come for you. In the blink of an eye, it can all be taken away.
God spoke so much to my heart with that simple phrase and that one incident. And if it wasn’t for His grace, I could have been gone in the blink of an eye. There is so much that can be said for this. So much more. But value life. Do not take right now for granted. Someone needs you. Someone loves you and someone needs to know that you love them. Time out for foolishness and unforgiveness and bitterness and resentment. And hostility towards someone because they don’t respond that you expect them to. Appreciate them anyway. Love them anyway. Oh, that the Lord would teach us to number our days!!!
God is good. And I thank Him for His grace. And I thank Him that He doesn’t blink! He’s real. Yes, deep in my soul, He’s real.
A servant of the Lord,
Monday, August 16, 2010
In The Blink Of An Eye
Evelyn Fannell has the true heart of a servant. She spends a great deal of her time assisting friends, family, and others with a variety of plans and projects, always seeking simply to be of help; always going the extra mile. A writer since her youth, in 2008 Evelyn created the blog, But God Is Real, inspired by real life situations and circumstances that speak to the “realness” of God and His intervention in daily life. After the death of her son, Joseph, Evelyn started another blog, In the Shadow of Grief, created to chronicle the emotions and stages of grief so that she could help others through their journey of pain and sorrow. Along with the blog, Evelyn also started a grief support group on Facebook, under the same name, where members can share with one another in a supportive, non-judgmental environment In her spare time, Evelyn enjoys jigsaw puzzles, photography, and planning and creating items for special events. She also serves as First Lady and administrator of her church, On Good Ground Christian Fellowship, in Westampton, NJ. In addition to Joseph, she and her husband, Jeff, have two daughters, Brandi and Jasmine, and a grandson, Christian.