Just One Day

We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day. –Gayle Forman

I haven’t read the book. I haven’t read this author. But this quote has grabbed me because of its truth.

Just one day.

The last week of June is, for me, full of days which are each Just One Day — the kind that changes the world as you’ve known it. On a day during the last week in June —

  • my husband and I met (20 years ago this year!)
  • our family left the Midwest on a permanent, cross-country move
  • we started a new hometown tradition

These personal events have lifelong effects — the world is different for me after these things. Sometimes, though, the non-personal and seemingly distant can also change my life on a lasting basis — and when the anniversary is near or on my own personal anniversaries, the change can sink in deeper.

It was during the last week of June that the Lone Survivor (http://marcusluttrell.com/) was born — born in the aftermath of a fight with Afghani militants which saw his 3 teammates killed and 16 more American soldiers and sailors killed in the attempt to rescue them. Operation Red Wings, June 28, 2005, 19 heroes gone, 1 left.

And on one other June day — when Prescott, AZ, was the home of our hearts, if not yet our household — a summer wildfire got away from the crews which were fighting it. The Granite Mountain Hotshot Crew had to deploy their protective shelters, but the fire overcame them anyway. Yarnell Hill Fire, June 30, 2013, 19 heroes gone, 1 left.

I didn’t know anyone personally who died on those June days. But it was clear from the circumstances of these deaths that they were self-sacrificial — men had risked and lost all in their efforts to save other lives. They had been John 15:13 men whether they knew it or not, whether they knew the One who was the Original Sacrifice or not.

And there’s the change in just one day, just one June day — my life-altering days mixed in with signposts of truth along the way…

and, Lord willing, I come out changed because of Just One Day.

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