So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (KJV)
Just after youngest son started EMT school in January, he asked his teachers for their advice on whether he should go to Fire Academy or Paramedic School first. His ultimate goal is to be a Paramedic, but these days, emergency services departments are looking for people trained in more than one area. His teachers recommended Fire Academy before Paramedic training and stated that the Fire Academy at a neighboring county’s community college was the best in the area. He applied right away and was accepted, but did not know which class he would be assigned to join. The next full time class will be held in the fall, but there was no start date scheduled. For months, he eagerly awaited the notification of the first day of class and orientation. Those dates were critical to determining his participation in another mission trip to the Amazon River. Originally, the trip was to be in June, but it got pushed back to August about the time the class was to start. As his first priority is getting started on his career, he could not go to Brazil if Fire Academy classes or the mandatory orientation conflicted. Just a few weeks ago, he received his schedule. Orientation will be two weeks before he leaves for Brazil and classes will start two weeks afterwards! Praise God. It couldn’t have been more perfect timing for him. Because the school is in a larger city about an hour from our house and in a part of town with which we are not familiar, yesterday, we did a dry run of his route to school. We went one way which turned out to be more complicated than we thought it would be, so returned on an easier, but toll road. I think it will be worth the money saving him time and aggravation each day. Once we found the school and the building where orientation and part of his classes will be held, we flagged down a police officer to get directions to the parking lot for the school. With all those questions settled, we left feeling much easier about his daily commute and went out for dinner to celebrate. Youngest son and I will retrace our steps again on Saturday for orientation to check our return route and verify it is the best way. It was like we have two dress rehearsals before the first day of class. While we were blessed to have the time to plan, in life, it is not so easy. In addition to the “celebrity deaths” of the last few weeks, there have been some unexpected funerals and some medical tests for scary diseases within our circle of friends and family. We never know when our last day on this earth will be so it is important to live each moment to the fullest and make sure that all we do and say glorify God. We only get one shot at life, so we need to make the most of it.