Wednesday, May 21, 2008

In an instant

It seems that more and more here lately, God is revealing to me how precious life is and how quickly it can be taken away. My brother Brad who has the construction company in Fort Smith, had a crew working on the Fort Smith convention center this past weekend. There was nothing unusual about the task that they were doing. The building had sustained hail damage and they were hired to come fix the damage it had done to the exterior finish. Later that day he received a phone call from the police department letting him know an accident had happened. There were two guys in a basket that was attached to a forklift type of device and they were up in it working on the side of the building. Apparently, one of the guys was leaning out of the basket and did not have his safety harness on and the guy operating the lift went to move it and it moved too quickly and one of the men fell from the basket. In an instant, what was a normal ordinary day, turned into tragedy.

The man's name was Estaban and I had worked with him before opening up the dealership. He had fallen roughly 20 feet and landed on his head shattering his skull and breaking his back in 2 places. They rushed him to Sparks but he was not able to recover and no vital signs ever came back for him. They had to disconnect him from the machine that was keeping him alive Monday, May 19. 2008 at 9:20pm. He was 37 years old and a father of 4 children and was married.

We wake up each morning and just assume that our day will be just like the one before. This guy was working on this day but was planning on taking his family to the Air show the next day to just enjoy the day with them. Please lift his family up in your prayers. Also please be praying for my brother in this loss also. I know Brad and him were close and there kids were similar in age. Its events like this that make you realize how precious each day and each moment is.

1 comment:

Matt said...

You speak truth. I have seen more people die just living life. I've ssen dads die driving their kids to schools. Kids die just playing in the yard. Young healthy guys fall over from a unknown heart condition. None of them thought that day would be their last. It makes you really think. I never dorp off my kids at school with out telling them how much I love them and how proud I am of them. I try to never let them go to sleep at night without telling them how special they are to me. I take every chance to tell my wife how beautiful she is and how God has blessed me with her. In the end we only have right now. Not 6 hours from now not even 6 seconds from now. Just now.