Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A Kick in the Bucket List
Flying First Class. Check that one off my bucket list.
What's on your bucket list--the things you desire to do before you kick the bucket?
Flying First Class was on mine. Of course, I didn't plan on paying for it. I wanted bumped into it. Last Saturday it happened. A delayed flight caused United to reroute me to another airplane. The only seats available were First Class.
I sank into the cushy leather, sipped OJ, didn't feel fat because I wasn't wedged into a seat that (from the width of it) had to have been made in China to fit the size of an average Chinese rump. My arms and legs were not glued to my sides in fear that I might brush against the stranger beside me. There was lots of room.
My flight was comfortable and restful. It was not satisfying.
I scratched "Flying First Class" off my bucket list and reflected on the things in life that never made my bucket list, but should have:
Being with my dad, giving him his last hair comb, feeding him his last meal, holding his hand when God took him to Heaven.
Knowing the warmth of grandchildren's arms wrapped around my neck.
Peeling apples with my mother on the back porch.
Seeing my son's feet touch American soil after a tour in Iraq.
Growing old with the love of my life.
Writing books that change lives.
Pushing my mother in her wheelchair on a Spring Day, thanking God that she didn't die young.
Comforting a crying baby in the middle of an African jungle.
Singing Christmas carols and crying around a Christmas Eve dinner with a 90-year old widow.
Holding my new-born babies.
Treasuring the special place grandchildren hold in my heart.
Praying with hurting women and watching Jesus take their pain away.
Feeling a new-born's cheeks against mine.
Surrendering my life to God and accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and my Savior.
Telling as many as I can that Jesus is the way, the truth, the life.
These are the things that bring a Splash of Serenity to life. What's on your bucket list?
This Thanksgiving may we be thankful for the things that really matter.
Thanksgiving blessings with a Splash of Serenity,