There’s something poignant about life…and I don’t mean that in a New Age-y or existential way. I mean that in more of a wake-up-call way, if you know what I mean.

I recently finished Wild Lavender – a book by Belinda Alexandra. A beautiful life story through the eyes of the protagonist, a young Proven├žal French girl. Not only was I encouraged by her determination, strength, hard work and passion for life – I was touched to my very core with her selflessness and heart in the face of the events of WWII.

I enjoyed the courage she displayed in the destruction she lived in and I adored her dedication to the preservation of a place and people she loved.

I finished this book only a couple of days prior to a heart wrenching Facebook update from my father…my parents were hours away from returning home after serving in missions in Cambodia for 12 months when they received news that a family of 6, other missionaries serving in Cambodia, had been in a tragic car accident.

4 of the 6 were taken Home. Just like that – one day you’re talking to them and wishing them well in their continued service – the next, they’re gone.

Not only was this earth shattering news for the missionaries there at the time who knew the family, but for my parents who were not staying on to be with those left behind, this was particularly hard.

This brings me to my statement about life being poignant – you can never know what’s around the corner. For my French girl – she was a singer and a dancer. She wasn’t in the military. She didn’t know there would be a war she would have to be a part of.

For the family of 6 – they were learning the language. They were preparing for big things God was calling them to, they didn’t know when their time would come.

For my parents – they were saying teary goodbyes and preparing for the next part of their journey; they couldn’t foresee this end to their time overseas.

How poignant life is.

How much more should I be grateful for today? For the gift of the present, my friends, my family, the life that I live? SO much more!

There’s no earthly way of knowing,
Which direction we are going.
There’s no knowing where we’re rowing
Or which way the river’s flowing…

~ Wondrous Boat-ride, Willy Wonka

There’s only one way for us to know that The Lord has plans for us – this is why the Bible is an important wellspring in our lives. The Bible has direction, encouragement and footholds for us as we journey on.

We can only do what we are called to do today and not worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself…