Boxes, Worship, and Deer Crashes

Hey guys! I don’t know about you, but I had an amazing Saturday.

My youth group had an Operation Christmas Child packing party, and I think it went really well. We had a goal of 50 boxes, but made it to 65! During the “party,” we also had a worship service.

I used to be really scared of singing too loud, or swaying too awkwardly. But, over the past year, I’ve come to the realization that worship is between me and God and nobody else matters. It doesn’t matter if the person a few rows up has an amazing voice, or if the person next to me is having a difficult time getting into it. All that matters is me and God—my time with Him to sing about his goodness and holiness. I was really enjoying the second song, but then decided to take it easy for the third one (or fourth; I don’t remember). I just wasn’t as into it; I began to people-watch and whatever else. I got distracted.

Then, all of a sudden, the worship leader started to pray. It caught me by surprise, and I was like, “That’s it?!” I hadn’t spent the time during that last song doing what I should have been doing because I was expecting another song.

So the lesson I got from that is to use the time you’ve got to worship God, to pray, to tell that one person that they’re amazing. Because the time will come when it’s too late—and you won’t be expecting it.

Yesterday, on our way home from our pastor’s daughter’s one-year adoption party, a deer ran right into the side of our mini-van. It didn’t really phase me at all; I was just kind of like, “Whoa. There’s a deer. And now the headlight is obliterated.” But afterwards, I started to think.

What would have happened if we pulled out of the church parking lot just a second sooner? If we had, the deer would have ended up smack-dab in the middle of the vehicle, not just the side.

What would have happened if we were driving the car, rather than the van? A whole lot more damage—both to the vehicle and the people inside—could have been done. My mom and I could have ended up with a bloody deer in our lap.

And what if we had been hurt? It wasn’t really a big deal (other than the fact that we now need a new headlight), but what if it had been? What if I had died during the accident?

I’ve always been like, “Yeah, my life could change in the blink of an eye, but so what? It’s not going to happen to me.” The truth is, it could. Unexpected things happen all the time—to everyone. They’re called “unexpected” for a reason!

Another take-away from the deer incident is that God plans everything. He has it all worked out so that you’re driving the right vehicle, so that you pull out of places at the right time, and so that deer aren’t running faster than they should be. He’s got everything perfectly planned.

So this post has two key action points: know that life will end at a time you do not expect, and remember that God has it all worked out. I’ve heard it said that you should “dream as if you had eternity, act as if you will die tomorrow.”