It was a beautiful Saturday morning. The weather was just perfect as we took our time packing up our camper and heading home from a couple of relaxing days in the woods. When we got home I was going to clean up the camper, unpack, do laundry and get ready to head out to a graduation party for a couple of special young ladies. We were on our way home, heading down a two lane highway, when traffic came to a stand still. After sitting there for a few minutes someone let us know that the road was closed, and would be for awhile, due to a multi-motorcyle accident just around the curve in the road. The wait was going to be 45 minutes to an hour. Several cars were finding places to turn around and head the other way but due to the fact we were hauling a camper and the fact that any alternate route would take us a long distance out of our way, we chose to wait it out.
After waiting more than two hours we came to the conclusion that we were not going to make it to the party. That got me thinking about those folks on the motorcycles in that fatal accident….I wonder where they were heading when their lives were suddenly cut short. They had plans too. They could have been heading to a graduation party, to work, to a family reunion, to a wedding, a funeral, a cookout or any number of things. I had no way of knowing what their plans were but one thing is for sure, the accident was not part of their plans. While everyone else was getting impatient waiting for the road to open back up or going on with their plans for the day, their lives had suddenly ended. The lives of their friends and families were forever changed. With all of these thoughts flooding my mind, my plans seemed small and insignificant.
Life is so delicate and can turn on a dime. We make our plans and go about our day without really giving it much thought. We say “See you later” when we leave but never really know for sure that we will. We end conversations in anger with those that we love and most of the time we get the chance to work it out and mend fences with each other but we are never really guaranteed that we will have that opportunity.
We had plans today but so did they….and so does everyone that suddenly loses their life. We will always make plans in our lifetime but we need to remember that there are no guarantees….Everyone is appointed a time to leave this earthly body behind and enter eternity but we rarely know when that will be or how suddenly it will happen. We would do well to remember that as we go through our day to day lives making our plans. Treat each other well. Love one another. Disagree but do so peacefully. Don’t spew hatred. Honor your parents. Respect your elders. Open the door for a stranger. Hug your children. Kiss your spouse and tell them how much you love them. We are not guaranteed tomorrow, make the most of your ‘now’.