Life Can Change In An Instant
I was sad to hear of health scares for two of my favorite NFL coaches.
Denver Broncos coach John Fox, while playing golf during the bye week, suffered from symptoms indicating heart trouble, was hospitalized, and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow.
Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak collapsed during the game with the Colts yesterday and was carted off. It turned out he had a mini-stroke at age 52.
From what I have heard, neither man suffered an actual heart attack so these episodes provided warnings to get appropriate treatment.
In 2001, my father had a serious stroke as he bent over me when I was changing a flat tire in the parking lot of my law office. Earlier in the week he had played tennis.
Life can be tough. Life can be fragile. Life can change in an instant. Life is precious.
Robert Redford’s Wyoming cowboy character in the movie, An Unfinished Life, says something that fits. He said it in a different context than the situations for John Fox, Gary Kubiak, and my Dad. He was at a restaurant and intervened to protect a waitress who was being harassed by two drunks. He dumped a coffee pot on one and grabbed a knife that he held against the throat of the other. He said: “See how fast things can change?”
We have all seen how fast things can change. We have seen floods, fires, and tornadoes here in Colorado, which have caused people to lose their homes and, in some cases, their lives.
As a lawyer, I represent many people injured in automobile accidents. Sometimes I handle death cases. Traffic crashes happen quickly. Life changes in an instant.
We never know how long we have on this earth or how our health will be while we are here. I suppose that is why it is good advice to live each day as your last.
For however long we have, it is comforting to know that the Lord is with us. The hairs of our heads are numbered (some numbers are bigger than others), He knows when a sparrow falls from a tree (and when an NFL coach collapses on national TV), and lo, He is with us always.