Thursday, July 18, 2013
My husband and I recently watched the movie Leap Year. It’s a cute flick about a woman who heads to Ireland to ask her boyfriend to accept her wedding proposal on leap day, when Irish tradition holds that men cannot refuse a woman's proposal for marriage. Her plans are interrupted by a series of increasingly unlikely events and are further complicated when she hires a handsome innkeeper to take her to her boyfriend in Dublin.
Along the way the handsome innkeeper poses the question “If your house was on fire and you had 60 seconds, what would you take?
Having only just faced a wildfire within less than a mile behind our house, the possibility of that occurring to my husband and I was very real. (the picture shown here is the actual fire) We gathered up the irreplaceables: pictures, important documents, a few items that were important to us. Then while taking one last walk through our house, we decided the most important this was we had each other and the rest was just “stuff”.
It got me to thinking, how often do we overlook what is really important? How often do we worry about the “stuff” and miss those special moments with loved ones? Or God? God says he will supply our every need. In fact, he goes beyond that to the point of supplying more than we could ever hope for or dream of. He is our rock, our salvation, but most of all our friend.
He isn’t interested in the “stuff”—the awards, the number of books published, the valuables in our house. He cares about Who we call on in that 60 seconds when life is rough. Who do we smile up at when times are good? But mostly, who do we praise for the journey?
For us, thankfully, the effort in packing turned out to be an exercise in preparedness. The wind for the first time in days turned relatively calm and the fire stayed at bay. In the hours following, the fire crews dumped water and fire retardant on the blaze. We adjusted our “in case of fire” list to include a few things we hadn’t thought of previously.
All in all, our 60 seconds turned out to be a happy ending. But it put life back into perspective for me.
Now its your turn: Where have you experienced the 60 seconds that made you see just how unimportant “stuff” is?