It was a gloomy fall day back in the early 1980’s. At 22 the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis raged in my body as I laid in the hospital bed, blind, fatigue, weak, partially paralyzed with difficulty breathing. The high dose ACTH dripped continuously in my vein to fight the MS Attack.
My doctor came in and stood by my bedside. The great part about having a Christian doctor is the Prevailing Hope in Christ we share. Especially when things in the natural don’t look good. It was not exciting to face my prognosis. It was scary. My doctor picked up on my fear and reminded me that as a true born from above daughter of God; the worse thing that can happen to us in this life (death) is the best thing in life-everlasting life with our LORD (at our God appointed time). She look at me and said “Brenda, this life is not all there is.” The truth is I am not afraid of dying. Living is sometimes the scary part. I can not trust my body and the daily relentless pain challenges continually wears on me. This is when His Grace is sufficient as I choose to remain focused on His promises.
I Cor. 5:9 For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, 3 inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. 4 For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. 5 Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight— 8 we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
“Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2: 9
So the good news is as a born again child of God; the Worse thing that can happen (dying) is the Best – everlasting life in His Presence.
When does the Best thing in the big picture of life become the Worse thing? If we dwell on things “under the sun” as Solomon puts it. When someone we love dearly dies and leaves that hole in your heart. When all we see is the fact they are no longer with us and the lost consumes us and an emptiness sets in. All the missed opportunities to spend time with and tell that person we love him/her.
My brother, Tom
My brother recently died. Even looking at the words as I type brings a lump to my heart. I don’t like the cliche’ “he is in a better place.” Though it be true and it brings a measure of comfort and hope; it is like trying to tape up a gaping hole in my heart with scotch tape. It doesn’t stick very long. God’s Word is living and strong. His Word is the Only Word that has power to comfort and is everlasting.
2 Thess. 2:16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,
1 Thess. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.
The Only true help and comfort when the best for them seems like the worse for us left in this world that I know of is to spend time in the WORD of GOD and pour my heart out to Him. Our Prevailing Hope is not in this world. Our Prevailing Hope is in Christ alone and He is the only One Who is able to comfort our human hearts.
Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.