Earths Most Precious Moment
None of us knows the year, the month, the week, the day, the hour, the minute nor the second that the ordained will of God will cause our heart to stop beating and life on earth to seize. But we all know there is an appointed time, As we get older and older and that reality is broadcasted with each new pain, with each slower step, with each new strain to hear, with each dimming sight, with each lost memory. The hour glass that holds my appointed grains of sand descends faster and faster. Approaching eighty years of age insurance actuaries statistically indicate my time is running out.
All this being said the question before me is how will it happen? Did this question ever occur to you? I bet it has. Talking about life’s most inevitable event is avoided by most, welcomed by few. I’m one of them. Everyone wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die. The process of transition from here to eternity is still life’s biggest secret.
Yet it is still reasonable to contemplate. Will my death come peacefully in my sleep? Will it come tragically on the side of a road as the result of an auto crash?
Will it happen in a hospice slowly and sedated? Will the process linger? Will it happen sitting at a chair opening my mail, just like afire do of mine? Where and how will I die? We are told we die daily. You do. I do.
The process for certain is fixed but truth trumps it. For God said to me, “(My) grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
This coupled with more truth, (I am) of good courage, to be absent from the body (instantly!) is to be present (instantly) with Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8); Grace to move through the process and pass through that final breath (second) being present with Jesus! Nothing gets better than this!
If your eternal address is fixed by the blood of Jesus, don’t avoid thinking or talking about it or the process ordained for you. Embrace it. Celebrate it. Proclaim it so others can have the hope that is in you and join you in it.
If you are fearful of the process of dying may l suggest this prayer:
Lord Jesus, I realize that only You know the appointed time,place and circumstances of my death. I am thankful You guaranteed my eternal address. Yet at times I become anxious and fearful of how I’m going to die. Help me to realize Your grace is sufficient for that as well. Forgive me for the times I’m anxious and worried about that. I know that Your word says I’m to be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication to let my needs be known to you with thanksgiving, then You will guard my heart and mind in Your Son Christ Jesus. I count on your grace to see me through, amen.