A few minutes ago I "officially" turned 51 years old. I am reaching the age when people often dread birthdays... but I don't and for a very good reason. I am very well aware of the fact that if it was not for the intervention of God, I would not be sitting here writing this right now.
It is far too easy to take the gift of life for granted. Please don't do that. Please do not do that. You see, regardless of how difficult it is at times; life itself is a gift from God and one that must not be taken lightly. I repeat, please do not do that!
Five days after my 47th birthday, I learned I had a tumor. Ten days after that, I learned that what the radiologist had initially feared was true. I had breast cancer and if something was not done about it, I would not celebrate many more birthdays. That discovery will be four years ago in just a couple of days. I had an aggressive form of breast cancer and if left unchecked, I would have died by now. Instead, it was detected and as of June 2011, there is no evidence that it has returned.
Twelve days after my 49th birthday, without warning an undetected cerebral aneurysm ruptured while I was asleep. The odds that I would die, were very high. The odds that I would suffer serious brain-damage if I survived were very high. I survived and even managed to return to teaching six weeks later. A year later, it was determined that was too much for me to handle well. I was trying to compensate but at times, it became too difficult for me to do so. However when I consider what might have been... I am so grateful, so very grateful for how God protected me.
We must not take life, lightly and yet most of the time we do. Suffice it so say, I don't. Not anymore. Instead, I realize that life is an incredible gift from God. Our times are in His Hands. What are we going to do with them? Are we going to live for ourselves or are we going to live for Him?
Are we going to remember that God can transform even the most difficult times and ugliest moments into something incredible and beautiful... if we let Him? Are we going to embrace the time He has given us in this world or are we going to throw it in God's face and whine about how it is not always the way we want it to be?
Your life is a gift from God! Gather up that gift which He has given you and place it back into His hands. Cherish the moments He has given to you and always remember, especially when things are dark and difficult that the VERY best is yet to be!