March arrived in our house in a blur. There were dance competitions, speaking engagements, two thesis papers due, a 50th birthday to celebrate, house guests, a chili cook-off for Red Cedar Bison, a lawn and garden show for GreenWorks, and a lingering cough. All of which has left me pondering–is it really already the end of the month? Didn’t March just arrive? March madness has a completely different meaning in our house.
But in the midst of it all I was reminded that our schedules are not as important as the people in our lives. Schedules, appointments, and to-do lists can seem so important one day and completely laughable the next. We can control time just about as well as we can hold the sunset in place.
On March 5th Darren and Carrie, owners of Soap Commander, were fellow speakers at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Gathering. I expected that the next time I saw Carrie it would be at the 2×4 LIVE event on April 1st and 2nd. But life changes quickly. One moment they were teaching us about the #shaveoftheday and in the blink of an eye their life was changed.
Luke, the oldest son of Darren and Carrie, was in a serious car accident on March 14, 2016. Now each day when I sign into Facebook I look for Carrie’s updates on Luke. Each day Carrie updates the community around her with praises and prayer requests of the day. Healing is a moment by moment process.
I sat with Carrie for a little while yesterday while Luke underwent an almost 11 hour facial reconstruction surgery. What struck me was her peace. She is resting in God’s will and walking by faith through each moment.
You can follow the Seibert’s journey with the hashtag #SeibertStrong on Facebook or on the Medical Fund for Luke Seibert on GoFundMe. Their life is changed, but amazingly they are impacting the lives around them in powerful ways. You can help them by lifting them up in prayers and/or supporting the medical fund for Luke. Any one of of us can have our life change in an instant.
As I look at my busy schedule ahead, I am reminded that it is just a schedule, only the people in it matter.