Be Still Know
Psalm 23:4 (NLT)
‘Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.’
One guarantee we all have is that one day we shall die. Sounds bleak? It doesn’t need to be. What is bleak is if we face that day without having given it a second thought. While we may not know when God will require our life from us, one day he most surely will and we are invited to prepare for that moment.
Mortality is both precious and fragile. We can appear as strong as an ox only for some unexpected illness or accident to transform our life irrevocably. In such moments we are cut off from all our unrealised dreams, and forced to recognise many will remain forever unrealisable. The emotional and mental anguish can be acute. Questions spill out of us; how can God allow this? What possible divine purpose is being served? How is this evidence of a good God? The list can be endless and relentless.
A diagnosis of MS at age 35 impacted Katey deeply. Neither of us had really considered our mortality. We had a lifetime ahead of us through which we were to change the world. Now it seemed as though our world had been changed and our future had been stolen. Amid the anger and frustration we together explored our mortality and what it meant to be individuals uniquely crafted and created by God. How might we worship God when wounded?
Slowly we came to see that our life was a gift from God. More importantly our life was always intended to end where it began, in the presence of the Divine. We carried our many questions. However, answers became less important than our encounter with the One who called us into being for eternity. In the light of that eternity we began to perceive how to loosen our hold on the here and now and reach for the as yet unseen. We embraced a fresh peace.
QUESTION: In your current circumstances how prepared are you for your death and how do you perceive eternity?
PRAYER: Lord God, I thank you for this gift of life you have given me and for life eternal through your son Christ Jesus.