Do not boast about tomorrow…

…for you do not know what a day may bring forth.  – Proverbs 27:1

Today is our last full day in Hong Kong.  We did quite a few things today, like going on the world’s longest escalator, seeing the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens, going to Victoria Peak, etc.  But that is not what I want to write about. 

While waiting in line to get the tickets for the Peak Tram to Victoria Peak, we heard these crashing noises.  We also saw people running around the corner.  Mark ran around the corner to check it out while I stayed in line.  He ran back looking like something horrible had happened and told me there were dead people lying on the street and he needed to help people.  I stayed where I was anxiously waiting.  I gathered from other people’s conversations that there was a bus crash and someone had died. 

After a while Mark came back looking pretty shaken up and sad.  He had helped carry people off the bus.  We went to the scene after we got our tickets.  I saw a bus with its front in the side of a building, two taxis upside down and another damaged pretty good.  The bus had bounced off the side wall of the street a few times, ran through two trees and crashed into a building.  By that time it was swarmed with cops, firefighters, emergency personnel and reporters with cameras.  We stood there and prayed for the people involved, and the family of the person who was dead on the pavement.  There was much suffering and chaos.

Later tonight we found out from the news that the victim was a 13-year-old girl who was a pedestrian on the median.  32 others were injured.  They suspect that the bus lost control and hit 8 other vehicles because the brake failed.  Where it took place was a steep and curvy street.  Mark and I had just crossed that street a few minutes before the bus came. 

Needless to say, we were pretty sad the rest of the day.  Our lives are not in our hands.  We are thankful for this reminder.  We are to live our lives for His glory as long as He gives us another breath.  Don’t waste your lives, friends.

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2 thoughts on “Do not boast about tomorrow…

  1. That is so sad. Especially when you don’t know if the people had hope. Your post is a good reminder, too. When I go to town, I prefer taking the bus to the taxi because I put my trust in the safety of the bus (being the biggest thing on the road). Ultimately, it’s only in the Father, though. When we were in Thailand, we saw an injured guy lying in the road who we’re pretty sure was dead. It does kind of shake you up. I still remember his family.

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