Several months ago, Katie (my wife) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 (commonly known as COVID-19).
She self-quarantined in our home, experienced no obvious symptoms and has since tested negative several times.
We're grateful and humbled.
We know this isn't everyone's experience and we continue to take this pandemic seriously.
When we found out she had contracted this respiratory and vascular disease, not only did it send us to our knees, it also gave us a chance to do a very, very healthy thing: reflect on our mortality.
I know that sounds morbid, but stick with me.
The perspective is incredibly helpful.
An ancient song to God sings...
Teach us to realize the brevity of life,
so that we may grow in wisdom.
(Psalms 90:12, emphasis mine)
The songwriter is asking God to teach him some very important truths.
"Teach me to stop acting like I am God. You are and I am accountable to you."
"Teach me to live in light of the fact that life is short."
Whether we know it or not, we have a brush with death every day.
If you're reading this, it's because God wants you to be alive right now.
A wise person increasingly realizes that each day is a gift packed with opportunity and purpose.
A wise person treats people like time with them is a gift.
A wise person considers what she wants to see happen in her life and makes choices to create it.
A wise person knows his time is limited, so he looks for ways to impact eternity.
So, whether it's a near miss on a highway, the sudden death of a loved one or celebrity, an infection, or simply pausing long enough to ponder, take time today to appreciate the air in your lungs. Take time to meditate on how you're spending this precious gift of life.
You are alive on purpose, for a purpose, for a time.