Its been a horrible 24 hours---the mass shootings at Virginia Tech and the 15 deaths attributed to severe weather on the east coast. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it did. We were all bombarded with the images on television of students running for their lives and SWAT teams hunkered down behind buildings. After seeing all of the coverage yesterday, I finally broke down and cried all the way home last night. I cried for those students who will never know what its like to graduate college and land their first job, those will who never know what its like to hold their first baby and for the parents who thought they would die long before their own child ever would. I've had my moments of disdain and outright anger towards other people, but I've never gotten to the point of killing someone, but by the grace of God.
Isn't that true for all of us? God's grace has kept us out of situations like yesterday's and has brought reason to our brains when we weren't being very reasonable to deal with. I was reminded yesterday of how quickly life passes by and the dyer need for hope and salvation in this world. How many of these students right now are spending their eternity walking streets of gold? How many are burning in a never-ending furnace with Satan and all of his cohorts? It pains my heart to even think about it all, so I must take responsibility for my lack of witnessing to others. Sure, I "live" my life right; I don't steal; I don't murder; and I obey most of the Ten Commandments. But what about the command Jesus gave us to "go and tell" others about Him? No, I don't feel called to pick up and move to Africa to live as a missionary. But why can't I tell others about the hope I have in Christ Jesus?
One of my favorite scriptures is I Peter 3:15 "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." God doesn't want just some of our attention; nor would He settle with 99% of it. Perhaps through these recent tragedies, He will gain the 100% He desires and wants in my life.