Sunshine in the Valley

humor and encouragement from my heart to yours

Life is fragile

on August 30, 2009

It’s kind of ironic that I was just talking about the clinic in my last post.

I found out this morning that one of the girls who cleans our clinic with her grandmother was killed in a tragic car accident in the wee hours this morning. Two other girls died with her.

She was beautiful. Just started college. Excited about playing on the volleyball team. Gone in an instant.

Life is so short. All it takes is one moment, a blink of an eye, and it’s gone. Yet I know that our days are numbered by God, that life is not lost until those days are accomplished. Even though it seems so senseless, there’s a plan and a purpose in tragedy.

But I don’t understand why Lauren died.

I may never understand why such a devastating thing had to happen.

My heart hurts so much for her grandparents, whom I see every day at work.

But I don’t have to understand to trust that God knows best, and sees what I cannot.

I can appreciate the days I have while I still have them. I can love my friends and family wholeheartedly… and tell them so while I still have the chance. I can live life to the fullest and seek God with my whole heart, making a difference in the lives of others, while the opportunity still lies within my reach.  I can choose to live my life in light of eternity, and realize the things that really matter.

These are the lessons to be learned in the face of a tragedy. It is the only real way I know how to cope with one.

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