Several months ago also, one of my friends texted me about
a pastor's son who lost his life from a motorcycle wreck.
Maybe 22 years old, a first responder hero.
So much tragedy - people that I didn't really know personally.
Yet I grieved for them.
I well remember a 2007 January night when
my daddy called me about another wreck
The wreck claimed the lives of 3 people that I knew.
Two of them, precious girls from my church -
memories of spending time at each other's houses,
A heartbreaking double funeral.
I still think about it and it's HARD.
Because you see...
I wrecked a car my first semester at Clemson.
My name could have made the list of the statistics for traffic deaths.
God is merciful.
I walked away from the wreck, sure - but not without trauma.
Sometimes it is good to have God roll back the curtain of memories.
For him to show me where He's brought me from and where I could have been. Remind me.
I need it - I need to remember the important things.
To let go of little things - even though
some little things are oh, so very painful.
Who never knew how much I loved them Now I live with the regret That my true feelings for them never were revealed So I made a promise to myself To say each day how much she means to me And avoid that circumstance Where there's no second chance to tell her how I feel
If tomorrow never comes Will she know how much I loved her Did I try in every way to show her every day That she's my only one And if my time on earth were through And she must face this world without me Is the love I gave her in the past Gonna be enough to last If tomorrow never comes
So tell that someone that you love Just what you're thinking of If tomorrow never comes
The song is written from a man about a woman -
but what about all the people in your life - MY life?
If tomorrow never comes,
will they know how much I love them?
Having a giving heart results in a lot of heartache.
Learning to live a life of significance is not easy either.
But then, Jesus didn't really walk an easy road either.
He didn't promise easy.
He promised though, that He would hold our hands,
He would go with us, He would help us,
He would deliver from the many afflictions.
The hard places would not be too much,
BECAUSE: When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43:2
A few months ago, as I thought about one of the wrecks mentioned above,
the words to this song came to my mind. Great is Thy Faithfulness
These words have become very dear.
Lamentations 3:21-25 are some of my favorite verses. 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.3:22 It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
In the midst of every sad/bad situation, God is faithful.
He has shown me that over and over again!
My pastor preached from Lamentations 3 this past Sunday night.
Several statements stood out:
"There is an end to every bad situation - and God will bring you out!
You must go on! Every trial we go through has an end!
God's faithfulness is to us, our generation - He is true to us!
Great is His Faithfulness!!!!!!!"
So the whole reason behind this super, super long post...
I have debated the blogging issue for a while.
Should I blog or should I not?
Should I post my photos publicly on my website or should I password?
No, I don't want a stalker.
No, I don't want to talk about my life like I am somebody. (I'm not.)
Believe me, I look into the mirror and see myself well -
I am what I am only by the grace of God.
So, I decided that I would post about my photos again on my blog.
Someday I might go private.
Right now, unless the Lord leads otherwise, my blog is going to stay this way.
My website is staying public for now.
I love sorting out my feelings through writing,
without paying attention to grammar.
I really love taking photos
(even though the editing is time consuming.)
And I kind of like my blog -
if you read this far, thanks for hearing my heart.