I had originally planned on doing a very different post today, and I may still publish it later if I can find the time. Right now, though, I need to take a moment and reflect on yesterday's events.
Last night, on the way home from a long work commute, my husband fell asleep at the wheel. He woke up in time to see approaching headlights and realize his car was drifting. He over-corrected, spun out, and wrapped the trunk of the car around a tree off the side of the road. The car is totaled, and he has a pretty major shiner and some minor cuts, but other than that he's okay.
The tow truck driver who came to get the car said that on that particular stretch of road, 90% of the people they come help don't make it. There are many huge drop offs and other dangerous areas all along the way Hubby came home. The place he stopped thankfully had a tree and a fence to stop him instead. He also is convinced that if he had run into the tree at any other angle, he would have been seriously injured. We are all praising the Lord for His protection.
I think the reality of the whole situation is still sinking in for me, partially because I have a hard time thinking about what could have happened. I could have been a widow this morning, or I could have spent my morning in the hospital, watching over a husband with serious injuries. It's enough to bring me to tears. I can't thank the Lord enough for His intervention.
Moments like these are a reminder of just how short life really is. We all know that someday we're going to die. We get so distracted by the daily routines, jobs, and hobbies that take up our time, however, that it's easy to forget that any day could be our last. It's caused me to think about how I spent this last week. If yesterday had been my last day with my husband, what things would I have regretted? What things would I be thankful for? What things would I wish I could go back and change?
We can't play the "what if" game, and in this scenario, I don't really want to play it anyway. But I do know that I want to make sure I live a life with no regrets. I want to make the most of every opportunity to show love to my family and friends, to be a godly example for those around me, and to make a difference for eternity. That's what truly matters.
And while I'm at it, I'm going to give Hubby a few extra hugs today. I would have really missed those.