Life and Death
On November 27th at 6:11pm, I sat next to my daughter in the operating room holding her hand tightly as she brought my second grandson into this world. My heart was bursting forth with joy at the arrival of little Oliver James. A truly incredible experience to witness the entering of another human into this world. As I sat there next to Becca, I couldn't help but think that just 14 months earlier I was sitting next to my dying husband. In such a short span of time I have experienced such great sorrow in the end of life through death then to experience such amazing joy in the birth of a new life.
These are just the two certainties of this world: Life and Death. As I sit here and think about both, I can't help but think about the empty space between the two. What is my life from birth to the day of my death? Recently I was having breakfast when a young lady I was with made the comment "Why did God create us?" When I read John 15:14, Jesus says "You are my friends if you do what I command you." So I know that Jesus created me to be his friend, but then he added a condition - "if you do what I command". Now I have to ask myself, "what is that command?" I find that answer in Matthew 22 verses 37-38 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." God created me to be his friend(to have a relationship with Him), loving Him with all my heart and soul and mind. THAT is what I am to do with the empty space between life and death.
What are you doing with the empty space between your life and death? Are you filling it with the pleasures of this world or with building that friendship/relationship with the Lord? For me, I am working harder everyday to learn to love God with all my heart and soul and mind. I am experiencing that the more I do, the more I see God's friendship with me. I have witnessed His blessings in my life, I have seen Him answering my prayers, and I have felt his presence. Death comes quickly and is unavoidable, sometimes when we least expect it. I pray that when that day comes for you, you have a personal friendship/relationship with the Lord.
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life"