July 2, 2020 - My Unexpected Journey
Taking Things for Granted
My wife and I get up very early in the morning. By 5:30 we are in our gliders with a cup of coffee in hand. My seat is right next to the sliding glass doors where I get a front row seat to the morning sunrise. I have watched a million sunrises in my lifetime, but none are as breathtaking as the ones I see now.
You see they have always been breathtaking, but I was too focused on the tasks of each day to notice. It’s a shame that I missed all of the ones prior to my diagnosis. I speed walk every morning now, and the trees never looked so beautiful. The brilliant green color so soothing to the eyes. God picked the perfect colors for everything in his creation.
I breathe fresh air deep into my lungs and thank God for another day to be here. Why did I not do that before? Everything that should have been important to me all these years are now crystal clear in my life. So much I have missed and never even knew it. I am so blessed and never realized how much.
My wife’s beautiful blue eyes, her infectious laugh, her caring personality, my two amazing daughters and their husbands, my 7 beautiful grandkids and my new great grandson, my brother and sister, and all my friends that have been there for me through the years. How could I not see all of this as clearly as I do now?
Most of you know that I am a musician and music is a huge part of my life, but never has it sounded as beautiful as it does now. I have always struggled with my faith, but now I am laser focused on the work that Jesus did on that cross and what it means for me. Jesus hung on that cross between heaven and hell and said it is finished. Now I know what he meant. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.
My point in this blog is very simple but very hard to do in this world. Don’t wait until it is too late to look around you and realize how blessed you are to just be alive. Like the song says, Live Like You Were Dying, Don’t Wait Until You Are. I am fighting with every fiber of my being because I’m not going anywhere! As you can see I have a lot to live for.
I love all of you and so does God,