My Facebook feed has been flooded with the cynicism of the Mayan prediction of the end of the world. Strange things is that it is really the end of the world for some people. It may be someone I know, but most likely it is someone I do not know. People are going to die today. Death is a very really thing, and it is inevitable.
…It has been said that the only sure things in this world are death and taxes.
Death is inescapable and for the most part unpredictable. I have been doing a some thinking about death, my death specifically. I do not think I am afraid to die- not that I am seeking out death and trying to die but the idea of dying is not frightening.
Please allow me to explain…
I believe that God has a plan and a will for everyone. Everything is done in according with His Will, He desires us to follow Him and his commands, yet we stray from His desires for us. However, when we stray from God’s desire, we have not strayed from His Will. (If every time we strayed for His desire and that contradicted His Will, the question arises: is He (God) really an all knowing God?) I have differentiated between God’s Will and God’s Desire. God’s Will is His master plan for us. This is revealed to us through out obedience and seeking of God in our lives, as well as with trials. God’s Desire is the exultation to do what is right- these include obeying God’s commandments in the bible (the Old testament and New Testament Gospels); the call to live blameless and holy lives, set apart from the world; it is the call to be witnesses of the Gospel to the world; hence, the fulfillment of how God desires us to live our life if we are following Christ.
God’s plan/will for me will be revealed in time. If I am taken from this life, it was not a moment too soon, nor a moment to late. It is when God desired. I pray that my life is testimony to Christ when I am taken. When I am taken from this world, it will not be an accident. It may be an accident to us, but I think God knows. Humans are fallible and have no way in predicting the future- we can only strive to live in a way that fulfills God’s desire for us.
I know this may seem irrational and a sound of surrender to fate, but I assure it is not. This is a realization that results in the freedom from the fear of death. I am no longer wondering when I will die. I am encouraged to live each day not out of the fear that it is my last but in the hope of making that day the best, potentially, last day on this earth. The prize in not on this earth…
Morbid subject I know, but I felt that this was an appropriate day to share me disjointed thoughts with y’all. What it comes down to is that I am not afraid of dying to soon, death is inevitable so in light of this I must live my life as I want it remembered by others.
(I am avoiding the cliche of: “live each day like it is your last.” There is some desperation in that statement- most people would squander a last day…)
With this, I hope your “last day” was well, God bless!