The Weekend that Changed My Life

A photo from a little while before the near death experience…

July 4th weekend 2006 would forever change my life and no one knew what was about to happen.

Isn’t that the way it always works?

The things you can’t foresee are the ones that always leave the greatest impact.

Think about it. Did you know when you were going to meet Jesus? Did you know where you were going to meet your spouse there? Did you know you were going to be awarded that opportunity to do the thing that changed your life? Did you know you were going to catch your spouse doing the thing that broke you up? Did you know where the best and worst moments of life were going to be found? I doubt it.

Happy times before what was to come

You never know what is going to come next. Every now and again when I tell the story of my near death experience, I picture Ted Mosby talking to his kids on How I Met Your Mother.  Life change can happen at any moment. The next moment could be the moment that defines the rest of your life; the next moment could be the one that changes your life; the next moment could be the first moment of the rest of your life; the next moment could be one you want to hold on to forever and not let go; the next moment of your life could be the hardest, most profound moment of your life.

Honestly, no one knew what was to come.

How did I know the weekend of July 4th, 2006 would be the one where I pass out on a beach in Mexico and have to find a miraculous ride back up to San Diego? How was I supposed to know exhaustion and back pain was going to turn into a Staph Infection of the Blood with a dual side of Toxic Shock and Septic Shock? How do I figure to know the next 7 days of my life would be a battle to stay alive? How do you plan to spend the next 13 days in the hospital? How do you prepare to spend the next 18 months recovering from the disease that wiped you out and took everything from you?

You don’t.

It comes and you can’t ever prepare for it.

You hope you are grounded, have family, friends, and community around you to support you. You hope you’ve been doing the work to grow and be healthy – physically, spiritually, and mentally before you battle for your life.

But, you can never be ready.

You’re never ready for the holy moments of life.

Today I celebrate 10 years of life. 

Thank you Jesus.

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