(This is an excerpt from a letter that was written in November 2009 and Megan wanted to share with all of you as well!)
… The other thing I wanted to tell you is a praise report of the Lord’s faithfulness to a couple friends of mine and something that I’ve learned from it. Two sisters, good friends of ours, were driving back from delivering a calf to some people up in the mountains. I won’t go into all the details, but they were in a terrible car accident and yet they came out of it alive and perfectly well. Each person who has seen their truck has said, “You should not be alive right now.” Their dad is a car repair person. That is his job. He has never seen such a messed up vehicle.
My friend told me that she wanted to glorify the Lord with me and praise His faithfulness. She said that this experience has changed their whole family. She has seen, in a very vivid way, the gift of each moment … to be able to wake up in the morning and see her sibling’s faces, to prepare a meal for them, to work each day in the regular family things. She said to me, “Megan, each moment we have is such a gift! The Lord is faithful. We could be dead right now or terribly injured and yet He preserved us.”
It was all made even more powerful and impacting to me, because a few days before, she had invited me to go with them as they delivered the calf. Then when it was time to go, it was late enough on Friday that she knew I would be busy getting ready for Shabbat and so she didn’t ask me. It’s a little pointless to ask lots of “What if …” questions. But I couldn’t help but think that as she told me her story. What if I had been with them? And it has opened my eyes, again, to the gift of each moment that God gives us. I should know it and remember it at all times. I’ve seen enough to really know that. But it’s too easy to forget in the day to day … fixing another meal, washing another sinkful of dishes, teaching another lesson … (you each can add in your own daily things!)
It’s been easy lately for me to complain in my mind about little daily things or people and I have had to confess my ungratefulness. And it’s not only ungratefulness, but when we complain to ourselves about the things in our lives, we are telling the Lord that He isn’t doing things well. It’s a lack of trust in His goodness.
And so I wanted to encourage you all with what I’ve been learning. Remember, my dear brothers and sisters, that we have each been given the gift of “now”. It’s a gift given to us to serve our families, it’s a gift given to us to see the faces of those we love, it’s a gift given to us to live our daily, often routine or “boring” lives. May we each be encouraged to see and recognize that gift every day