Tonight something happened that I had read about but had not really experienced before, a virgin experience at my age isn’t easy to come by, right? Anyway, I had read that when people see each other after a long period of time, like a high school reunion, after the first five minutes you are together you look at each other and seems you don’t look much different than you ever did! I have often hoped that was true when knowing I was going to see someone from my distant past! I went to see an old friend tonight who is in a facility that I think they call rehab? Lord if that is “rehab” just leave me un-rehabilitated! But I digress, I walked into that room and saw a person on that bed and thought for a moment I had gone into the wrong room, however after I spoke to her and started talking it was amazing that she began to look like her old self and I couldn’t see why I had a hard time recognizing her! It brightened her day so much and I felt so sorry, both of her arms black and blue from having dialysis that I hadn’t wanted to get out in the cold and rain to see her but that sacrifice seemed very small compared to her happiness at seeing my face.
I found a notebook where I had written some notes about the deafening silence the absence of an 8-year-old boy in the house could bring. I was in a particularly sad mood when I wrote it, as it was my son’s first trip away from me, with his dad. He had never spent the night away and as much as I had complained about the crazy music of the Nintendo, having to lower the toilet seat, getting up at night for “one more drink of water and good night kiss”, when he was gone it was too much. Having a child is like having your heart walk around on the outside of you where you can’t protect it the way you would like. We kind of roll along, life happens, we are in school wanting to be out, we are single wanting to be married, we are married wanting to be single, we want babies, want them to get old enough to feed themselves, old enough to go to school, you go to all the ball games, take pictures of Prom dates, want them to be old enough to be trusted behind the wheel of the car alone. What is the latest fad in Christmas toys, is it Transformers? Batman or Superman suits? Best friends, heart breaks, car wrecks, and then, suddenly, one is married with two children of her own; the other is a man, “full growed”, married three years, with his own Chiropractic Clinic, a Doctor! Wow, what a ride!
I used to tell my children that life is like a Ferris wheel at the Fair. There are people getting on and off all the time. While it is stopped letting some people off and others on, there are people who are way up at the top just swinging and looking around, same swinging on the sides and all around except at that one point of entry/exit. While there are babies being born there are people dying. People that are young just waiting for their chance to conquer life, middle-aged people who are working and raising children, and then the group that have retired and don’t find much to do that will make their day interesting…just waiting to get off the ride. We all get on and then comes the time to exit.
Find someone who needs a little encouragement and find a way to brighten the day for them. Remember that one day, if the Lord has not yet appeared with His angels in the sky, that we are all going to be in that same place, how do you want to be treated?
Jesus said, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Luke 6:31
God gave His Son for us, He gives us angels to watch over us, and in return we give him wavering faith and partial service. Let us remember how much He has done for us when we were all still in sin or babies in the faith and render praise and worship to Him daily!
“Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow never comes, what will you do, my friend, with your today?” Whatever stage of life you are in, take time to enjoy the ride, before long you will look around and say, “yesterday came suddenly”, and yes it did!
Make someone happy and then look around to see where you are on Life’s Ferris wheel ride!