I heard on the radio today, where the DJ said “If you think you had a bad day at the office, listen to this … ”
An Aussie woman plunged into a crocodile infested river in Zimbabwe when the bungee cord snapped. She blacked out on impact, but was woken up by the cold water. With the cord still wrapped around her ankle, she drifted downstream towards the rapids, and had to go underwater to disentangle it before swimming to shore. She survived with a broken collarbone and a few bruises. What a miracle!
Now, it got me thinking … we hear of interesting news all the time, and until it happens to us, they are just news. What if it happened to someone you know? What if it happened to you or your loved one? Then, it’s no longer just news, but possibly life-changing moments.
This story reminds me of what your mum and I did about two decades ago. Yes, we had jumped off the Kawarau Bridge in NZ (thank God the cord was intact), visited crocodile infested rivers in Darwin, and done a host of other adventurous things. We got stung by bees, and one time, your mum almost drown when we swam across a river at Katherine Gorge, Australia. That near-death incident made her sign up for swimming lessons right after the trip, and she became quite a good swimmer since.
Back then, we never quite knew how to truly thank God. We just counted ourselves lucky. Now, we know better who to thank. We’ve learnt to thank God each day, be it good or bad.
So, whenever you think you had a ‘bad’ day … think again. It’s a blessing to be able to wake to a new day. Some never made it. Learn to count your blessings. A little gratitude will make your ‘bad’ days much more bearable.
Your Thankful Dad