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a fate worse than death

I stared at Ethan a little longer Friday afternoon, and hugged him a bit tighter.  I didn’t want to let him go.  I was completely unaware of what had transpired in Connecticut until I got an email from the school district about safety procedures.  I knew that if they had sent an email like that, that something had transpired somewhere in the world that affected kids.. so I checked the news.  My heart broke.  I couldn’t take my eyes away from the headline, but when I did they became fixed on my son.  Though this tragedy happened over 1,700 miles away, it hit close to home.  My son is in kindergarten, his teacher has 3 sons, all in their late teens to 20’s.  I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and then tears filled my eyes as I hugged my boy.

We are not promised tomorrow.  Why do we live like death is not inevitable?

Every day we are faced with decisions.  Though you may not think about what your decision means at the moment, it will inevitably affect someone or yourself down the line.  You may be thinking that some decisions are mundane and will not change a thing, but even the decision to go grocery shopping at 10am verses 2pm can make a difference in where you are when certain things occur.   You have no control over what goes on around you.  Why do we think that we can control when, and how we die?

We all need to be aware that death could overtake us at any moment.  We are not immune to it…no matter how old we are.  My stepfather died in his 50’s by a random heart attach.  He was in perfect health, and they could not find a reason for it.  Sadly, the same is true of those kids that will be forever missed by their families and friends… there was no apparent reason for those particular people to suffer their fate at the hands of a madman.

When God created man He declared that it was good, and in defiance to God, Satan took the form of the serpent and tempted Eve.  Because we are not perfect like God we are not able to always be good.  Eve chose, and then Adam chose, to sin against God by ignoring the one rule He had given.. ‘do not eat of the tree of good & evil’.  Because they chose to disobey, suffering was brought into the world.  They were banished from the garden and God promised that life would be hard.  He could have killed them both right then for their disobedience, but instead our Creator gave us a chance to know Him, and ultimately to chose good over evil.  We can choose Him, or we can choose the world.

Satan is at war in this world.  He desires that none of us come to know the God who created us.  So he does what he thinks will keep us from lifting our heads and opening our hearts to God.  He kills… senselessly and randomly, giving no favor to one or the other of us.  What he doesn’t realize is that it is in these times of trouble and suffering that people come together to seek answers, and the only comfort found is in Christ.  Just like all of us who die, Christ was killed by Satan.  But Satan can not hold God down.  Christ has beaten Satan, never sinning in life.  Christ has beaten death, has risen from the dead, and now sits at the right hand of God to act as our liaison to the Father.

He will help you beat eternal death as well, but you have to trust Him.

It is not a matter of if you will die, but of when.  What assurance do you have of what comes when you pass from this life to the next?  Do you even believe that there is such a thing as life after death?  Here’s a better question: are you scared?

Do you feel that place inside of you that is screaming to be filled?  What do you fill it with?  Do you shop, drink, do drugs.. what keeps you from thinking about that empty feeling inside?  I do not ask as an outsider, as I have felt that emptiness in years past, and wondered what in the world could be done.  Sometimes I would be at work and suddenly I would have this overwhelming sense that nothing mattered, that I was useless and then I would pull myself out of it.  I never thought of it like depression, but more of a feeling like I was missing something.  What was it?

“He has set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

In the new testament Paul calls what Christ has done in the hearts of those who love Him a mystery.  I can only say the same.  Until God calls you to Himself, and you realize what is happening, what I write will mean nothing.  You will read this and think, “what is she talking about.. she is loony or something.. how can she be so fully convinced of something she cannot see?”.  I openly welcome the criticism as a chance to share fully my faith and trust in the only truth there is.

I humbly ask you to pause and consider what this life is really all about, and why things happen the way they do.  Ask God, Creator of all you can fathom, what is going on here.. and then await His answers.  “Call to me and I will tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

And for those of us who have been given new life in Him, be reminded that He is sovereign, that all will be revealed, and that we are His.  Comfort and refuge are ours in Him.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[b]
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.


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