Monday, April 12, 2010

Facing Death

This weekend a friend of mine lost his mother to a long-term battle with renal failure.  I know it's hard for him, but it was also an emotional roller-coaster for him to see her like this and mentally draining to help her out when she was so sick.  He did all of it gladly because of his love for her, but I also know that it wore him down.  Her death was still hard on him, though he knows that she is no longer hurting and has gone to be with his father and with Christ.

Death is an interesting thing for us to face.  As a Christian I know that my Christian friends and family will be in a much better place when they die, a place I should be jealous of.  Yet I still have some anxiety about dying, though I know where I will go.  I think that's a natural human fear of the unknown and of things we've never experienced.  Yet for Christians we should almost be eager for death!  Yes, I know that sounds very strange.  But all of the stresses, hardship, pain, and suffering we face on this world will be gone and forgotten once we're in Heaven.  We'll be with God, and will have nothing but joy. Why wouldn't we want that?  Yet we still put off death as long as possible.

Besides our natural worry of such things, God made us to be on this Earth.  We all have a purpose here, and we shouldn't try to cheat His will. Yes, I'm eager to not have to worry about my job, bills, pain, sickness, and heartache.  But I also have a mission here, and gifts that God has given me.  I don't pretend to be able to fully understand what He wants of me or what He has planned.  But I know that I have a purpose here, and in honor to God I will do my best to fulfill that duty.

When a loved one dies, it tears us up. We miss him or her, and cry because of our own loss.  But we should be happy for that person (if they're Christian....non-Christians are another story), and even throw celebrations like some cultures do. They have gone to a better place and are waiting for us to join them.

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