, Corbin, KY

March 18, 2013

This thing called the journey of life

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — There is this thing called the journey of life that lots of folks talk about.

For some, a bad day can be described as horrible and that attitude alone can send them into a complete tail spin. This thing called life that some allow to destroy all good things for a day could be as simple as your alarm clock not sounding in the morning making you late for work. For the sake of total self-blame let us not talk about our individual responsibility to set our alarm clocks. If we admitted that responsibility then the journey of life would certainly cause issues if we have no one to blame except ourselves. Who likes to accept their own responsibility, I don’t see folks running to the front of the line for this opportunity. Yet this thing called the journey of life can be complicated to explain at times.

A surprise announcement of a soon-to-arrive child within the next nine months is very much a part of the journey of life. A great friend of mine, Judson Fields, and his wife Katie recently made just such an announcement. Being a good and real friend instead of congratulating them and asking how excited they were, I asked, “Is this a planned second blessing in life or unexpected?”

Judson and Katie already enjoy parenting their first blessing from God, Emma Roo, who is 2 years old, and holds a special place in my heart. She loves dancing to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, my favorite Bluegrass band, so you know she is a special little lady because of that fact alone.

Judson’s response to my question was so much all about this thing called the journey of life. He said, “we weren’t trying to prevent it, we were at a good place in our lives that if God so blessed we were ready.” Not sure what you are planning for in life but being ready for an either/or, sounds like a great way to not only live life but to be prepared for this thing called the journey too.

Judson and Katie, both committed Christians who love Jesus Christ, have placed themselves in the perfect spot for whatever, whenever and that type of living makes all the difference.

Another great friend of mine, Ric Todd Edwards, and his wife Meg recently called to share with me news about his mother. He said, “Hob, need to ask for some prayer support. Mom has an inoperative brain cancer.”

Immediately we reflected on her personal walk with Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. When I inquired about his father he said, “Dad said that mom was going to be positive, she thought this was the right thing to do, and when she was going back for surgery she was witnessing to nurses and doctors alike.”

With that statement the journey was not only confirmed but had been set truly years before. I personally laughed when he shared the story and I said “yes, your mother is going to be just fine.” My confidence was in that she knew in whom she believed, and had never been ashamed of her faith and if the word was that she has just a few weeks or months, the journey for this thing called life was going to played out in full faith.

There are many things that happen in this thing called the journey of life. Some are exciting announcements and some are the sort of things we want no one to experience. The real difference is how we are prepared to handle whatever, whenever.

My prayer is that I will always be strong for either/or, and to do so with a smile that reflects my faith in Him. Remember it is not the little or big things that matter, but how you respond that makes the difference. Until then...