Peace Is An End

Peace Is An End

Friday, April 6, 2018 – 01:13

pexels-photo-269583.jpegHeavenly Father, Thank You for this day. Thank You for life itself, so much better than not-life. I may have said this before, but I know there will be an after-life – no doubt about it!

The real question is, “What will I think and feel in the after-life?” (Or ‘of ‘ – what will I think of it? I’m hoping I will never stop enjoying it. Unlike life. Although, I don’t really mean that, because again, life is so much better than not-life. I’m pretty sure there was nothing at all to like about not-life. Then again, sometimes, when I need to zone out… those are the times when nothing is better than something.)

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Father, Thank You for change.

IMG_3189Grudgingly.

It’s not always easy to thank you for change. Does anyone like it? (Well, yes – when things are bad!) But I think what we humans all seek are good times that never end.

Maybe that’s what heaven is like. The best of times. Only. Unending.

I think what this post is about is: reaching a point (aka aging) where there are almost as many moments as not when I’m ready to have that answer. I want to know “the grand secret.”

I’m just not 100% sure there’s going to be anything to like. (Oi, here we go again – another James 1:8 moment!)question mark

Psalm 38 GW
15 But I wait with hope for you, O Lord.
You will answer, O Lord, my God.

21 Do not abandon me, O Lord.
O my God, do not be so distant from me.
22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord, my savior.

The funny thing about this desire to look up the answer to the biggest question on the test – combined with finally having to have some patience – is that I experience peace.

Maybe this is the peace that surpasses.

img_3028Take for example when I had days lying in a hospital bed after my kidneys failed or when I was recovering from surgeries. There was seriously nothing else to do but think – to be still – and know that someday – maybe soon – I was going to get the Truth.

And I am ok with that. I can look forward to it. I’m ready.

Philippians 4:11-12 ESV
…for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. …In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret…

You know the saying about how the only thing that never changes is change itself?

Not true! Someday the days of our lives will stop changing. Peace is being ready for its unexpected arrival.

Peace is the end.

serenity prayer coinGod, today I pray that this quiet assurance and worry-lessness will last throughout the remainder of my time here on earth. (Of course, it won’t – I’ll get worked up over some or other minor inconvenience…) In which case, I ask You to remind me in whatever way necessary of what You have revealed to me as I write this.

“Grant me the serenity… the courage… and the wisdom…”

In Jesus’ reassuring name, AMEN

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To Know What To Believe

To Know What To Believe

Tuesday’s mean dialysis, followed by eating and sleeping. And never feeling good.

hand book read wood boy reading religion child christian bible education religious study bed learn studying learning african knowledgeI hadn’t been up in the middle of the night – for a change, so it was afternoon when I ‘opened’ my Bible (online at BibleGateway.com) and searched on verses about “waking up.”

I felt guilty about resting so much.

Honestly, in my mind, I was expecting Psalms and Proverbs (“How long will you lie down, O sluggard?”) to be tops in the results, but they weren’t.

Instead, I found myself in 1 Corinthians 15, in which the writer talks about death. A lot. (The connection to my search being “waking up from the sleep of the dead”).tree,silhouette,black and white,old,spooky,stone

I ended up reading the whole chapter and wondering what I really believed. I questioned how I am To Know What To Believe.

:50 ERV
I tell you this, … : Our bodies of flesh and blood cannot have a part in God’s kingdom. Something that will ruin can not have a part in something that never ruins.

tree,woman,alone,statue,rose,sadnessQuestion: how can we know exactly what will happen when we die? Answer: we can’t, truly. Frankly, it’s all speculation and hearsay.

Now, I’m sad.

Paul presents a logical argument (literally, Ellicott’s commentary lists all the devices, like reductio ad absurdum and argumentum ad hominem) for our ultimate resurrection.

But we have no proof. We don’t know. We can only believe.

And one verse hit me very hard:

:19 If our hope in Christ is only for this life here on earth, than people should feel more sorry for us than for anyone else.

How can I be sure about the (or any) afterlife? I can’t, and it was bumming me out.

But in reading the whole chapter I found something to hold on to: the evidence of my own experience.wood,tool,hammer,symbol,balance,business

know what has happened in my life. And therein lies my hope. That got me feeling better.

I know I’ve been created, so there must be a Creator. I know I’ve been saved (from what I was), so there must be a Savior. I know all my life there’s been guidance (that voice inside), so I know there is a guiding Spirit.

grass plant leaf flower young green produce dirt insect soil flora sprout life seedling close up growing new macro photography flowering plant dicotyledon grass family plant stemAnd the whole of it is a metamorphosis: conception to birth, child to adult, broken to redeemed. Seed to plant (verse 36). Caterpillar to butterfly.

:51 We will not all die, but we will all be changed… as quickly as an eye blinks.

Image result for images breaker morant“I’m going to find out the grand secret.” Lt Hancock in Breaker Morant

Creator,
I know I will die; I will cease to live in this form. But in nature, your creation, you display metamorphoses of all kinds. Therefore I can view death not as the end but as The Great Change, actually just one among many that you have brought me through.sea,coast,ocean,horizon,silhouette,mountain

:26 The last enemy to be destroyed will be death.