A relative sent me an inbox message earlier containing a 34-second video of an SUV that loses control and ultimately is destroyed by an oncoming semi-truck. It is unquestionable that the driver dies instantly and the footage is incredibly disturbing. While the details given were not accurate—this does not occur in the states nor is there evidence that it involves texting or distracted driving, the end result does not change. The best information is that the driver in the February 24, 2012, crash was a 32-year-old Moscow resident named Alexander. Driving on the notoriously treacherous M-7 highway in Russia, he lost control of his Nissan Navara, collided with another vehicle, and then drifted into the path of an oncoming Freightliner big rig. The much bigger semi obliterates the black Nissan into so many pieces and a young man races into eternity (information found and verified on snopes.com). As I watched this tragedy, a flood of things went through my mind.
- There can be but a breath between life and death, time and eternity.
- Death is no respecter of persons, taking the very young, the very old, and every age in between.
- Seeing something like this cannot but help one appreciate more deeply the value of life and the irreversible nature of death.
- Statistically speaking, the chances Alexander died in a saved condition are very small.
- A momentary loss of self-control can have permanent consequences.
- Our mistakes and misdeeds impact others, too.
Perhaps there are other things to glean, but I would hope that the benefit we might derive from seeing or reading about something like this is to take some time to contemplate the reality of eternity. Something about considering our mortality, which a video like this should cause, cuts away our rationalization, excuses, and pride. It opens us up, if only momentarily, to our accountability and what is really true and truly real—that death is appointed and followed by judgment (Heb. 9:27), that we must each appear before Christ’s judgment seat and give an account of our lives (2 Cor. 5:10), and that life on earth is relatively brief (Job 14:1). This life is about preparing for the next life. Whether it is the return of Christ or the end of life, the time for preparation may end at any moment. Let us live ready for that moment!