A few weeks ago, I was sitting watching a movie on my couch when my iPhone rang. When I looked at the screen, I knew something was wrong. The screen said: “Dad.” I answered:
Me: “Hey Dad, what’s up?”
Dad: “Hey son. I’ve been in a wreck and I need you to come get me. I’m ok, but I need you to come get me!”
I jumped in my car drove like crazy across town to get to him.
When I pulled up on the scene of the accident, I felt my stomach crawl into my throat. I jumped out and started looking for my Dad, with all the fire trucks, ambulances, police and flashing lights it took a few minutes. When I saw him I hugged him and told him I loved him.
Coming home from his small group he had hydroplaned into oncoming traffic. Colliding with a car, all but head-on. His truck was a mess of broken glass and displaced axles, and the other car was in worse shape. He really should have been seriously hurt. No surprise his truck was totaled.
The Flood of Thoughts
Later that night after he got checked out, I drove him home. We drove most of the 45 minutes to his house in thick silence. It was not for a lack of things to say. Or things to ask. My mind was flooded with memories. Memories of all the times my dad had kept me safe. The times he drove me home, when I had to call him to say: “I’m ok, but I need you to come get me!”
I was reminded while driving my Dad back to his house, that we are only given today and we are not promised tomorrow.
In a few short days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. That day where we eat for hours and enjoy family and take a little while to remember all the things we are thankful for. For me, I will be expressing my thankfulness to God for keeping my dad safe. I will verbalize to my dad that I’m thankful for his wisdom and love in my life.
But since we are not promised tomorrow, who in your life do you need to tell today that you are thankful for them? Why wait? Show your thankfulness for those people in your life who make you a better person. Those people who drive you nuts, but you would be lost without them. Be thankful for those people who took a risk on you, so you could have the success you have today!