Just seven weeks before she was killed in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater, Jessica Ghawi narrowly escaped a fatal shooting in a Toronto mall. On June 2, 2012, Ghawi was ordering a hamburger at the food court in Toronto’s Eaton Centre mall when she had a “panicky feeling” and felt the need to leave rather than sit down and eat. She made it outside just before gunshots rang out in the food court and two people were killed. She later looked at her receipt and saw that the hamburger was bought at 6:20 p.m. and the shots were fired at 6:23 p.m. It was a life-changing experience for her so she wrote about it on her blog three days later. The 24-year-old talked about the fragile nature of life and stated, “I was reminded that we don’t know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath.” In the Century Aurora 16 multiplex, 20 miles from the Columbine shooting of 1999, Jessica Ghawi drew her last breath during the first hour of July 20, 2012.
We do not know when we will draw our last breath, we are not promised tomorrow. James 4:14 says, “What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Psalm 144:4 says, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
Although life is so uncertain we should not stress and worry about what tomorrow may hold. We are to live life to the fullest and live every moment for Christ. Jesus says in John 10:10b, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” He didn’t come so we could stress and worry about what tomorrow may bring but he came so that we may live this life abundantly and live with him forever more in the life to come.