It seems as of recent, I have had more than the usual work related critical incidents involving untimely deaths. Granted, this is the nature of my work, but to have so many back to back really struck me. In speaking with the individuals impacted, from various walks of life, I found a common thread: “it is appointed for men to die” Hebrews 9:27.
For the non-believer, this can be a scary thought that can cause many to avoid the subject and even to the point of fearing death itself. For the believer, we may find ourselves outwardly showing that we are okay with death, but inside, still fearing it or at least thinking of the many things we would like to do in our lifetime before this life comes to an end.
Having had to face death in my family at an early age, I believe that the Lord truly drove this scripture home for me. My mother taught me to face death as a part of living and she led by example. One of the dearest memories I have was when she faced her own mortality and she told us kids, “I am ready. I have done what God set me out to do here on this earth and when He calls me, I will go freely.” My prayer from that point almost 11 years ago has been to truly embrace life and make sure that I live it fulfilling God’s calling for me.
I am encouraged to focus on my current mortality, knowing that it will come to an end, but (Ephesians 5:20) always giving thanks for all things and making every effort at living life how God intended us to. I am encouraged to give thanks and praise for what God has allowed me to experience thus far and to remember to let those who have blessed me to know that they have, to remind those around me about His love and to be sure to focus on living my life for Christ. We should give thanks in every situation (1Thessolonians 5:18) and to remember where our blessings come from (Psalms 103:2).
I feel compelled to encourage my sisters to look around, count your blessings and give Him thanks and glory for the blessings in your life. Don’t wait until a special day to do this, do it every day. For tomorrow is not promised. Death is not the end (John 11:25): “I am the resurrection and the life…” But it is the end of our being able to share His love with those He has placed before us here and now.