I looked down at my feet on my snowboard buried in fluffy snow, and I thought about how many times God has protected me during my short 23 years of life here on this earth, and I thought, ‘Wow… Life is so fragile yet so amazing.’ And it made me think about the many times that I have come face to face with this question, ‘Am I ready to face that last river of death?’
I love how Paul talks about meeting death in 1 Corinthians 15:51, ‘Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,’
You see 1 Corinthians 15 is about the resurrection and why death has no more sting. The grave has no more victory over me because Jesus is Lord.
Death is scary, because we don’t know what’s going to happen after that, until Jesus Christ changes us, until God calls us, called me by His grace. There used to be a time when death did scare me. I didn’t want to die, to go away from life here on this earth.
Now, I’m not afraid of it, but I love life here too.
Why am I not afraid of death?
I know where I’m going. Jesus said that He would go to prepare a place for us, and I’m trusting His promises. Jesus is my Savior, my only hope, should I die tomorrow or in 80 years.
I don’t know of any other hope, any other solid hope outside of Jesus; these were the thoughts that flashed through my mind as I was:
Almost hit by a car while running
In Several Car Slide Outs
And probably numerous other times when I almost died, but I didn’t.
Life here is uncertain. I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I do know one thing.
Jesus has spoiled principalities and powers. He’s conquered the power of death. He’s won over the grave, over sin, and the devil, and someday I can walk over the river to meet Him.
But it won’t be because I’m a good person. It will be all because of grace, mercy, and the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the dead!
Death isn’t scary and life isn’t scary because Jesus Christ is Lord. Jesus Christ is my hope.
I remember, clearly hearing this in my mother’s voice when we hit a patch of black ice one night in Wyoming about 10 years ago. My mom cried out, ‘Jesus HELP ME!’
And Jesus preserved us.
And at that last day, when I won’t be on this earth any more, Jesus will preserve me then too and bring me over that river without any more fear of condemnation or uncertainty.
It’s all Jesus.
I’m thankful for that day we spun out on the way to snowboarding about a week ago, because it reminded me of why LIFE and DEATH aren’t scary because Jesus won over death.
‘So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.’ (1 Corinthians 15:54-58)
This is from the bottom of my heart. I’ve just been wanting to share about that experience and hear what you think, hear what you’ve learned about embracing life, not being afraid of life or the future or death.
And I’m thankful that by God’s grace I’m still here to give Him glory and share what He has done to me and my soul… I want to share His goodness, His mercy, His truth, His blessings, and the awesomeness of Who He is with you all till I’m not here anymore. :o)
While I”m here I’m going to LOVE LIFE for everything that it is. It is truly a gift.
What are those gifts of life that I’m embracing and treasuring right now?
Sisters who do life with you and who love to shred the snow, pray for you, pray with you, and give you sweet hugs.
Taco Salad and Crunchy Grapes!
Linking up with Lori and the other sisters for #MomentsofHope today!
Thoughts. Have you ever faced death and wondered where you’re going?
Do you ever struggle with fear over life decisions, the future?