In a situation as this, you don’t have a lot of time to weigh in on the pros and cons of what would work best. It is with split second decision that you have to decide your course of action. The worse thing you can do is swerve or to panic. I did neither. Yes, I got to experience this exact thing this morning on my way to work. In hindsight, I cannot believe how calm I remained as I laid on the horn in the hopes that I would garner some response. It worked. He swerved back into his lane at exactly the time we passed.
I must have been holding my breath, because I exhaled and breathed a sigh of relief. My first response as I settled into the realization that all was well was to glorify and thank Jesus. I know at least twice I said, “Thank you, Jesus!”
It is almost noon now and I cannot get what transpired out of my head. What if? What if the truck had hit me? What if the words I said to my son this morning were the last? What if the last time I spoke to my daughter was the last time? What if the words I spoke to my siblings … to my co-workers … to anyone were my last? Bottom line, “WHAT IF”? Am I harboring any ill will towards others? Am I holding on to unforgiveness? Am I allowing the pettiness of life to keep me from being the best I can be … holding me back from relationships? Are my daily priorities in order? Am I spending enough time with loved ones? Am I giving God all He deserves?
As I pondered all of this, I heard my inner man say, “So, what if? What are your responses to the above?”
Would I leave here with regrets? Yes, I think we all have regrets on some scale.
What if the truck had hit me? Instead of writing this to you, I would be in heaven today with my loved ones, praising my awesome and wonderful Father in Heaven. Would I have been ready? I think so. Sure, there are many things I wish I had done for heaven’s glory … there are many people I wish I had shown more boldness in faith to, but ultimately, I am ready to meet my Creator. I wait in anxious anticipation of His return.
The Bible tells us that in the blink of an eye the skies will part and Jesus will meet us in the clouds and we will be homeward bound. Some get to go before then, and though I am ready, I am also blessed to know that I did not go. I still get to work on those few regrets I have. I still get more opportunities to glorify Christ in all I do. I still get to be a light in the darkness. I still get to love on my family. What if? Seriously, what if? What if you were called home today?