I’m not really a very religious person – except for when I look at my children, at everything I am surrounded by – food, a roof above our heads and I can’t help but believe that there is something far greater, a much higher power, blessing me unconditionally and without judgement.
It has to be without judgement because goodness knows that I am so far from deserving of everything that I have been blessed with.
When I was young I would attend a variety of places of worship with friends, belonging to different religious denominations, although not so much now.
Of course, I pray and give thanks, but today I would be doing so with a ferocity I hadn’t felt in I can’t even remember how long.
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My World Was Almost Destroyed!
Picture the most glorious Saturday morning.
The kids are playing outside. Their laughter and happy voices fill the air.
My husband was getting his motorbike ready to go to work.
He was looking forward to riding in because he usually drives, but riding is something he is passionate about.
I was multitasking, shopping online, doing the laundry and watching the kids when my husband’s boss called and said he would need to drive his car in to work.
No Bike Today!
It was hard not to feel my husband’s disappointment especially after he had put a great deal of time and effort into getting his bike ready!
He left for work without saying goodbye to the children – they were all so busy and he didn’t want to disrupt their fun.
I told him how gorgeous he smelled as he walked out the door and I don’t even remember if we kissed goodbye because I was trying to work out what fragrance he had used… and if he had tipped the entire bottle on himself, or just half.
Our two year old was the only one to catch a glimpse of him and yell “Bye bye Daddy, come home soon” just as I was closing the door.
Where Is That ^&^%* Towel?
I was searching for his dirty towel from his morning shower angrily when I received the call from him. I hate having to search for laundry!
“Where the heck have you hidden your towel!” is how I answered his call.
He laughed… and then he told me he had been in an accident.
A lady was speeding and failed to stop at the red light… and t-boned his car.
Had he ridden into work, would we even be fortunate enough to be speaking to each other?
My eyes started to burn and well with tears. But I wasn’t about to break down on the phone.
Wow! Someone Is Watching Over Us
I told him that I couldn’t imagine the outcome had he been on his bike, how very blessed we are that it all worked out the way that it did. And just how incredible it is that everyone was able to walk away from that with their lives.
No matter how well we prepare for things, not everything always goes to plan. As disappointing as it may seem at the time, it helps to try and put circumstances into perspective.
Sometimes amazing plans fall apart, so that better things can fall together.
Puts Everything In Perspective
Today I prayed so hard, thanking whoever is looking over us for sparing my family from the devastation that could have been.
If we are fortunate enough, the people we love are still with us.
… on a side note I really need to re-evaluate the petty things I get upset about. Sure, I still haven’t found that towel, but does it even matter?
Have you had one of those heart-wrenching moments when you realised that your world could have shattered if things had happened differently? Tell us in the comments below.