God has several ways of getting our attention, and today he did get my attention. I had an emergency that landed me in the children’s ward with my son. Few hours after we got there a little girl of about 3 years lost her life.
Her mother cried uncontrollably. She could not believe that her daughter was gone, I mean gone forever. She screamed and screamed, then went into a state of denial. She assumed her child was just sleeping so started calling her pet names to get her to wake up. That was the point everyone in the ward could not hold their tears back. I looked on, not knowing how to process what I was observing.
What is the difference between this pretty girl who lay on the bed and the other kids in the ward?
It’s that which we take for granted. That which we forget to thank God for.
As she was gathered and sent to the morgue, I saw a future cut short, a destiny unfulfilled, a purpose forfeited. Whose fault was it? Very difficult to tell!
It was then that the Holy Spirit got my attention.
What I was observing was the sad truth about humanity. How often we die before our time, how often we die without accomplishing our call and assignments. How often we go back to God with unused talents and unfinished businesses.
This realization saddened me but also got me scared as I examined my own life.
I wondered if I had been living the life God wanted me to live, whether I had touched the lives God wanted me to touch. And whether I had made the difference God wanted me to make; whether I had not pretended to hear, or given too many excuses in responding to, his voice in the first place. And whether I was not too consumed in acquiring degrees and making family, all of which are important yet count very little in the face of eternity.
How easy it is to lose focus, to be too familiar with our environment so much that we fail to make any impact. How often we postpone that which we ought to do today for another day. I could not help but ask for grace to be all God has called me to be, to live my life to its fullest not only in years but with purpose.
It is now your turn for self-examination.
I pray that God brings comfort to this little girl’s family. I pray that God protects all children over the world and secure their purposes on earth. May they become what God wants them to be in Jesus’ name. Amen.