Life Shifted

#Change

The confinement of enforced social distancing due to the latest world plague is a hardship passing. However, as life experiences go, it is not the most considerable difficulty I have known – up to this point. Admittedly, this is my personal experience of the current circumstances. Others have lost loved ones to this sickness, and those departed lost their very lives. Still increasingly more may know additional loss as no sure cure has been discovered of yet.

The standard world each of us had known suddenly moved, as the slow turning of view inside a kaleidoscope. A deep tectonic plate shifted the way life in this world is interpreted behind the eyes of the beholder.

But strangely enough, nothing has really changed except current events. The typical state of the world has always been one of these continual changes. New life coming as another breath departs has been the full history of humanity from the onset of life as we now know it. That is not to sound cold, but it can rightly be called normal.

We don’t like to think of death and a natural lifecycle because many, maybe most, have a fear of the end or what comes afterward; it’s the great unknown to so many.

As a determinedly confessing Christian believer with a deep faith in my Savior, there remains within me a healthy fear of experiencing death. I can explain this to myself using theological terms straight from the bible. Choosing to use the conversational language of a more uncomplicated  nature, however, seems to bring it closer to home.

I happen to believe that this common fear is instilled in all of us from birth as a self-defense mechanism warning us away from effecting stupid acts. More so, I think it is meant to guide us toward Almighty God, our Creator, and Savior as the only One who can save us from the unmitigated result of physical death. If you would like to hear more about this, I have more to say — and I will be saying it from a variety of approaches. Peace be with you.

 

That things of the world invade my

Mind oftentimes that is true.

But the things most staid of my

Mind are the things I think of You.

 

With whispering Spirit you come to stay

Mentoring to guide me along my way.

I hear your voice without a sound

Your wisdom whisper encircles around

From Your kingdom within I shall never stray.

 

If I should cease afore eventides sleep

I pray the Lord my soul you will keep.

If I should depart while full awake

I pray the Lord my soul You will take

To be with You in eternity’s day-peep.

~GW

 

 “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as (those) in Adam all die, so (those) in Christ all will be made alive.” 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

4 thoughts on “Life Shifted”

  1. I would like Lazarus opinion of death and dying . He has the most experience. I’m not sure why I am not afraid of death but dying is another matter. Is it possible to always be ready yet not ready yet?

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    1. “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”
      Apprehension of the inexperienced but no dread, I guess is how I feel about it. I will trust the Lord in His word about the last part of life, too.
      Ready but not ready? Yes, I think that’s a good way to put it, Gary.

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  2. Reblogged this on Lightship Ministries and commented:
    Beautifully said G,W. , and most true! The only thing I might add is that immediately when my heart stopped the Lord was with me! Dying alone (without Christ) would have been the worst experience of my life, however with Christ it is NO BIG DEAL; I worried more about my wife, and completing my mission on earth, than myself! It was a feeling of freedom with perfect clarity of mind and vision which I had (looking down) buty still the desire for those left behind was present within me. Suffering is apart of life, yet most wish to hold on, but often it takes more courage to fight to live than to die – I think because death is still unnatural to how we were created! Wishing a long prosperous life to all, yet it is all just temporary – I once saw as a bumper sticker to an old man!

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