This is my luggage. It’s supposed to be in Richmond, Virginia along with my son and I. My son’s a huge history buff, so, as his Christmas present, we had planned on spending Easter week on the East Coast, checking out all the historical sites.
But, as you can see, my luggage is not in Richmond today. Instead it’s still sitting in my bedroom, along with me who is also sitting in my bedroom…with the stomach flu. Yup, I was forced to cancel our trip about an hour before leaving to the airport.
The miserable events of the last twenty-four hours reminded me of this verse from the book of James.
13Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:13-15
In other words, though we may think we’re in control of our lives, we’re really not.
In 2009, I celebrated Easter at my parent’s house. From down the street, I could see Anaheim Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Angels. Four days earlier, at that same stadium, 22 year-old Angel rookie Nick Adenhart had been on top of the world, pitching six shutout innings against Oakland.
The following morning he was dead, tragically killed by a drunk driver.
“I hate that this happened, but this is part of life,” Angels outfielder Torii Hunter told ESPN. “That’s why you’ve got to kiss your kids, kiss your family every day when you get up in the morning and before you leave for work.”
When someone is taken in their prime it makes us all aware of our own mortality, causes us to introspect and realize that life can be random at times, causes us to come to grips with the fact that we’re not in charge. See, life on Earth is but a vapor, and we aren’t fully in control of what happens on any given day. And that can be scary.
But, tomorrow’s Easter.
Easter, the day that Jesus demonstrated His control over death and sin.
Easter, the day that reminds us that we can rest our weary souls in the calm and capable hands of a God that loves us…even when life seems painfully random.
So this Easter, smile, enjoy the loved ones around you, and have faith. Because God is in control