I’m (finally) joining in again to catch this week’s Five Minute Friday link-up, where the word for this week was opportunity.
I’ve been thinking a lot about life lately.
Through my husband’s heart bypass surgery experience about a year and a half ago, the death of both of his sisters in the same twelve-month period shortly after that, the passing of my last grandmother at 101 years of age, to the recent news that my mother has cancer again, it makes me realize how fleeting life is. We don’t know whether we have five years, or forty-five or one hundred and five.
As hard as these experiences were and are, I know some of them turned out much better than we had hoped, and for that we are thankful. God met us and provided for us in our times of suffering and need, for which we are also grateful. And I’m confident that even through the difficult times, he is faithfully with us and will help us to grow stronger.
When faced with sickness, hardship and even death, it makes me realize once again the preciousness of life.
I see that each moment is a gift.
I recognize that things that seem ordinary are special.
I desire to complain less and praise and encourage more.
I’m learning that wherever I am, I want to be all there.
So wherever we find ourselves, whatever season we are journeying through, despite the hardships and joys and monotony, let’s grasp each moment as it comes and make the best of it.
Let’s enjoy each moment for what it is, rather than what we think it should be.
Let’s learn to just be present,
and love the days we’ve been given.
Let’s share each gift we’ve been given, make the most of each circumstance that comes our way, and savor each moment.
Because life truly is an opportunity.