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Life Is Full Of The Unexpected

Recently, while driving on the freeway, a speeding and impatient driver was going in between cars from lane to lane. You know the kind of driver I am talking about. In this case the driver cut in very close to the front of my vehicle. There could have been a bad accident. I was angry, but my anger turned to the realization that God possibly spared me from what could have been. After all, having a collision at a high rate of speed would not have a good outcome. If that had happened I would not be writing this article. Was it luck?  The Christian life is not based on luck, therefore I choose to believe it was by God’s grace.

We wake up every morning anticipating a normal and routine day. Then something happens. A natural disaster can strike. There can be an accident. Life is fragile and full of the unexpected, sometimes even a life or death situation. They are reminders that our lives could end at any moment! But when our life is spared, it means we are still here for a reason.

When we realize we are still here for a purpose, it should be a wake-up call to double down in living our lives in accordance to God’s will, and putting our lives to good use. This means not wasting it by holding on to grudges, hurtful unresolved emotional or relational issues, or destructive addictions. It means to not allow busyness, distractions, or the cares of this world to deter one from accomplishing our God-given purpose. Life’s greatest heartbreak, apart from not knowing Christ, is for people to go through their entire existence with no victory over their hurts and struggles. Don’t allow ourselves to take our past to the grave.

Each and every person is accountable to God. Hebrews 9:27 says, “Just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment…” When our time on earth is up, either by rapture or physical death, we should want to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant …enter into the joy of your master”(Matthew 25:21), “You have fought the good fight, have finished the race, have kept the faith”(2Timothy 4:7).

We never know when the unexpected will happen. It could be today. Many people have awakened in the morning, not knowing that this will be their last day. But there is good news. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, your existence will continue in His presence. If you are an unbeliever and the unexpected happened that takes your life, do you have the assurance of going to heaven? One thing that can be expected with excited anticipation is spending eternity with God for all those who call upon Him for salvation. Do this today. The unexpected might happen. 

About John Clark

John Livingston Clark is 74 years of age and lives in central Washington State. He has written two published books, and two published poems. His initial book is called, " God's Healing Hope: Breaking the Strongholds of Wrong Thinking." His second book, released in December of 2016, is a motivational book written to seniors titled, " Seniors: Are You Retiring or Recharging?" Both books are available on amazon. You can also view his writings on www.faithwriters.com. His “Poem For Senior Citizens” is in the 5th spot on FW.

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One comment

  1. John,
    Excellent advice and wonderful message Thank you. I am so glad that the LORD spared you from an incident of any kind. You are correct, life is fleeting and can change on a dime.
    I am always amazed at individuals driving. They honk horns, buzz by quicker than a hummingbirds wings, and are always in a rush.
    Embrace His peace, that is what I always try to do in every situation.
    Have a blessed day

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