Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A brush with what might have been...

There was one lane separating us.  She moved through the water cleanly, her technique neat and precise, as my friend and I slipped down into the slow lane for laps.  I didn't pay any attention to her, other than to note her lane was filled.  Down and back I went, finally stopping to catch my breath and reach for my flotation board.  That's when I saw the woman next to me, frozen, standing straight, watching something in shock.  I looked slightly beyond her to the man carefully flipping a woman over onto her back, and at the same time a lifeguard plunged in, simultaneously blowing his whistle.

A flurry of activity commenced, and everyone in the pool stood, watching.  She was blue and still.
I was struck with a force of chill bumps and the sudden, intense urge to pray.  Immediately, I began whispering prayers over this unknown woman.  Praying over the lifeguards who were working to get her onto a board and out of the water.  Praying as the fire trucks rolled up and men in navy uniforms came pouring in.

We sat on the bleachers, onlookers in another person's life story.  Hushed bits and pieces of eyewitness stories, and variations from so many perspectives were whispered almost reverently. Scattered nervous laughter, serious eyes, and worried expressions wove together to create the fragile chain connecting us.

As the woman on the stretcher began to move her feet, a surge of thanksgiving flowed voluntarily from my heart and I began praying thanks over the lifeguards quick actions, the fire department's immediate response time, the wisdom of those trained in life saving maneuvers.  But most of all, I thanked God, that for this emergency, there was no life claimed.

My fingers were chilled and my heart was heavy with questions.  Who was she?  What if they had gotten to her a second too late.  What if the man swimming in her lane wasn't near enough to her to sense she was in trouble.  And as I close this post with the scent of "what might have been" still clinging to my skin and hair, I want to ask you a question.  What if it was you?  Do you know without one doubt, that you would find yourself safe, in the arms of Jesus if your time was up?

I do.  I want that for you too and if you can't shout a resounding and confident "yes" to my question, you might consider reading this for direction.


Life is a gift, but it does have an expiration date.



25 comments:

  1. YES! :-)

    I thank God that she was ok.
    xo
    Pat

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  2. I've been reading "The Purpose Driven Life", and today's post was all about how our Earth is just our temporary home, and Eternity is our real home. It really struck home with me. I live overseas, away from all of my friends and family and have been overly homesick lately. Reading that, and your post talking about life's expiration date reminds me that ALL of this is temporary and to live each day fully, not pining over something I don't have right now.

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  3. And when I say "post" about Purpose Driven Life it is actually CHAPTER. I am too sucked into my blogger brain right now! ;-)

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  4. YES - I know without a shadow of a doubt that the moment I die I will be alive again in the presence of God - not because of what I have done, but because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ - God's Son.
    What an amazing opportunity you had Sasha to be present and in prayer at a time of crisis. I hope you are able to follow up and let that women know you prayed for her - perhaps she's thinking about the 'what if's' right now and longs for an introduction to the Savior!

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  5. Well said Heather- I actually have been thinking a LOT about that. I don't know if the pool will release her info, or if I can see if she was admitted to the hospital but I thought about trying to send her flowers or something...definitely a good opportunity.

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  6. no fear in death, no guilt in life...i know where i'm goin, sweet sister.
    oh, what a fright! i can imagine the hairs on your arms standing straight up! praise Jesus, she was ok!

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  7. YES ~ goosebumps and shivers reading this post ~ glad you were there to pray over her wellbeing...thinking that if she doesn't know Jesus, she will now ~ blessings to you and your caring heart

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  8. YES! :) Thank you for sharing. Just the reminder that we are surrounded by people in our daily lives that cannot shout that, and we should be His light.

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  9. Precious post! Brought tears to my eyes!

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  10. Yes! and a resounding AMEN!
    you are using the platform that God has given you to reach lost souls for HIM.
    i am totally excited, humbled and grateful for this boost of encouragement and total act of faith!
    we plant, we water, but God gives the increase!
    may we all seek to win lost souls to Him!
    after all, that is why we are here, isn't it?
    xo

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  11. what peace we have in Jesus... knowing all our days are in His hands. praying that lots of seeds are being planted and watered through your words today. i love you for them.

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  12. Oh sweet Sasha - what an amazing opportunity and platform you have with this amazing blog + that incredible experience to WITNESS about Him!

    I am saved, and like Carissa said - what a peace we have in Jesus!

    xoxo

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  13. well that's intense. geesh. you know where i stand girl. we are sisters in the end.

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  14. Yes! Yes! Resounding Yes - but thankful, nonetheless that you shared from your heart for those who may have needed to hear it.

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  15. YES. But thank you thank you thank you for using this experience to ASK. So grateful the woman was alright.

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  16. For I am convinced that neither death nor life... can keep me from the love of Christ.
    Your post bought me to tears. Praying that if she doesn't already, that this experience will cause her to cry out to The God who gives and takes life.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  17. So glad to hear she is okay. She doesn't need to know you prayed for her, God already knows...

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  18. Oh my goodness, I go to water aerobics several mornings a week at the Y and always thought the lifeguards were just bored out of their minds watching us old out of shape ladies exercise! Oh my goodness, I cannot imagine! How very scary..... I hope that ladies answer was yes ! Mine is Yes! I know, that I know that I know that Jesus is my Savior! Doesn't mean I am perfect by the least! It just means I have an awesome savior who bore my sins and loved me to death!

    Nancy

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  19. Life is a gift and I am so glad that woman was okay! For me this is a week that I especially remember how precious life is...I lost my mom 5 years ago this week unexpectedly. It still hurts as much as it did that day she went to see the Lord. I've had many a discussion with God as to why he took her before she got to really enjoy being a grandmother. It reminds me to tell those I love everyday how much I love them and to rejoice when others come to know our Lord so that they can shout that resounding "YES"!

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  20. Yes! I had chills just reading this post...I can hardly imagine the power of actually being there. I hope you have a chance to speak with her one of these days, Sasha. What a true and wonderful blessing.

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  21. Chilling!

    I'm grateful you prayed over her, as I bet she is to be here still. I'm also grateful for those strong young people that sit high atop the chairs, seemingly bored out of their minds. They have a weighty job if it does happen that they have to save a life. My son decided that he wants to be a strong swimmer, and wants to learn from one of those kids. :-)

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  22. Love your blog, but I have to correct you. LIFE has no expiration date. We just have to choose to live in THE KINGDOM, or HELL. Forever is a mightly long time to be on fire.

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  23. Thank you Jesus for sparing that beautiful woman's life.



    www.seekinghisgrace.com

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  24. Went to click on the link and it was broken? Ugh, hope that is not a sign - just kidding! If you could let me know what the link should be, I would appreciate it. Take care, Laura

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  25. Laura, I'm not quite sure why the link didn't work for you... but I've pasted it below for you here. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sasha

    http://www.ccci.org/how-to-know-god/would-you-like-to-know-god-personally/index.htm

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