There are lessons and morals of life all around us in nature and people we interact with. However every now and then something else comes along, something so unusual and sudden which should cause one pause for thought.
The Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was recently (as far back as two days ago) involved in a ferocious skinning accident in the french Alps which has caused him to come close to death; severely damaging his brain and braking many of his bones and facial structure. This has caused him to lose all consciousness and is now in a deep coma at one of the French specialist hospitals. Hearing this news the sporting world has been in shock at such a horrific accident making many celebrities to come out by offering words of support to Michael Schumacher and his family.
What strikes odd and penetrates deep into an inquisitive mind (as one commentator pointed out) is not the unfortunate nature in which the accident occurred but the way in which Michael Schumacher has brushed himself with death so many times before and came out winning. His stint with death or the near-death experience is nothing new being a professional racer it is somewhat expected this will happen. But not in the slightest idea it will occur somewhere off the racing ring away from all the glare of tv cameras. It is not surprising to think death by dangerous driving is a intertwined belief packaged with being an professional racer and a more likely cause of death for the likes of Michael Schumacher. However, what one would have thought to be an expected cause of death, especially in Schumacher’s case was infant not the perceived reality.
Not in his wildest dreams would Michael Schumacher have thought his close call with death with play out in the Alps thousands of miles away from the racing lanes of Formula One. Not to mention high above on the mountain tops doing an apparently harmless and certainly less dangerous activity of skiing. What this example brings us back to us is the original thought and fundamental question of are we ready to die and meet Allah at any moment in our life? More than anything Michael Schumacher’s accident and the unusual ways of destiny shows us once again death or its many close encounters will come to us when we least expect it. Often at the high times when we are enjoying ourselves, heavy into the fabric of pleasure and entertainment.
Was Michael Schumacher in any preparation of his impending accident and the bigger-than-life fight to survive? Hardly. It is in these out-of-the ordinary events that makes us temporarily rouse ourselves out of sleep and look at the grey, dull and rainy morning of reality. It should reawaken our spiritual heart and make us look into the direction we are heading towards. Humans are fragile creatures living by the skin of their teeth in a world fought with many dangers. One thing is clear, to assume we have mastered the reins of this earth and brought under control the elements and every moments in our lives is utterly stupendous! Death is one evasive element which will never be in the grip of man, it will always slip through the gaps of the fingers and taunt every man, woman and child of its powerful skill to take anyone at anytime, in any place and at any situation. The question is, are we ready?