I saw a funny satire on progressives by Babylon Bee that stated “Progressives push to remove oppressive one way signs”. It is funny because people are on the verge of losing their mind like this. By making everything relative or subjective rather than objective, we end up with a moral agenda or do whatever the heck you feel like today. There has to be absolutes. “Only go this way” is certainly a big one that many people are accosted or offended by when Jesus says it in thr Bible. “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but through me.” You would think He was telling people to hold their breath for an hour. People want the “God is love” message but not the “only way to be saved” message. It is funny how people are. The easy stuff they are okay with but don’t make them actually have to do something or change or be convicted of going the wrong way or whatever. Then it is suddenly offensive and ridiculous and too inclusive or what not. The thing is that it is what it is. Truly it is that simple. So do it. ❤
1. I heard so long that death was a transition from this life to eternity and heaven for believers. It is more than that. It is celebration of their freedom and happiness into closeness to Jesus while we are left behind to keep working toward getting there amidst hard times without them. Missing is a part of the struggle. While you want to just be happy for them, you also wish they were still there to talk to and love you and lean on. It is pretty lonely still for us left behind to do the work of loving. It is good and bad. That is not selfish, it is realistic.
2. Everything gains a new perspective. It changes you. Death is not some abstract element of life. It is beautiful as the person releases their body and goes to glory and as you watch that process, distractions waft away, unimportant things in that moment disappear, the sky is bluer, the birds’ song is more clear, there is focus on beauty and richness of color. When your special loved person dies, that moment holds all the focus of your being and nothing else matters. You are entirely in that moment. Every feeling is sharpened and crystal clear. You can hear them walk into heaven, you get a glimpse.
3. No matter how sudden or slow and drawn out the journey is to heaven, there is an enormity of emotion that transforms you into a different person. You will never be the same person you were before their passing. It matures you, ages you, allows you a special focus on what really matters in life. You lean away from drama and rather detest superficiality. You lean toward family and close friends. Some will be there, some will not, some you have driven crazy by your neurotic behavior up to the death and just after. A wise and good friend and family member will forgive you and reach out in time. Others never come back and you realize life is too short for u forgiveness.
4. Every moment becomes precious. Time is extraordinary valuable and important. What we do matters immensely. Decisions effect forever. Words matter exponentially. Pace slows. Tech decreases importance. Jesus comforts us when we cry and holds us, especially when no one else is around to do so.
5. You want to hold everyone close to you. You long to go home and be with family. It is a deep desire that pours out of your skin.
Deep moments exist in life in which our journey takes us into the darkness. Sometimes it is a loss of control, a death, an illness, children, spouses, exes, employers, whatever. These moments cause us to feel nothing for a time, sandwiched before and after with pain. Whatever loss or chasm we seemed forced to drop into can be a sticking point, a changing time where we will never be the same once we get out. This change can be for the better or for the worse and it is a very fragile thin line that separates the two. Often it hinges on one decision. Do I trust God through this? Is He enough for me? Or not? And the heart of every epic battle is the decision to face the opponent with truth or arrogance. Right or wrong? And the opponent we fight most is our own pride. Many battles we are fighting are us at war with ourselves, being noncommittal in our hearts about that one question. Is God enough? Do I trust Him with this or myself? Sure our spiritual enemy uses that against us and makes working for ourselves highly alluring, but if you look past his distractions and into the core of your heart, the entirety of the stress of that dark void in battle is that one question. Me or Him? My abilities or the God who made me’s abilities? Which will it be? It is your decision. Every time, every day, every minute, it is your decision. So you have within you the power to be carried out of the chasm by the All Powerful God or wallow in it focused on not all powerful you and bandaid highs and fixes the enemy provides for your distractions and pleasure. And yes, it is really that simple. Choose wisely. Forever is real and might as well start now because you never know when.
Therefore I urge you who have been chosen by God to live up to the life to which God called you. Always be humble, gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love. You are joined together with peace through the Spirit, so make every effort to continue together in this way. There is one body and one Spirit, and God called you to have one hope. There is one Lord, one faith, and one baptism. There is one God and Father of everything. He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything. – Ephesians 4:1b-6