I have celebrated mother all day today, knowing she is in heaven having Angel Food Cake and of course her constant cup of coffee! I was thinking about our mortality.
I saw a program about XTreme sports and the things they were doing was enough to frighten me sitting right here in my own house! I have also watched the bull riders, cage fighters, the Jack Ass crew, motorcycle riders I have seen on 1-20, speeding through Atlanta on the back wheel of their bike at high rates of speed, and then there are those of us who take life in our hands by mixing all of our relatives on Holidays!
The definition of “mortality” is ‘the condition of being mortal or susceptible to death, the opposite of immortality.’ When you spend a few days in a hospital, as I did with my dad, you get an up close and personal look at people facing their own mortality, and immortality of the soul, not by playing dangerous games but because their own bodies have become the enemy they are fighting for control of their life. When a doctor makes you feel that your loved one might be facing death on a schedule, that’s when the flesh becomes frightened.
There are a few scriptures I went to for comfort and I will pass them on to you in case you need them right now: 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 But let me tell you something wonderful, a mystery I’ll probably never fully understand. We’re not all going to die—but we are all going to be changed. You hear a blast to end all blasts from a trumpet, and in the time that you look up and blink your eyes—it’s over. On signal from that trumpet from heaven, the dead will be up and out of their graves, beyond the reach of death, never to die again. At the same moment and in the same way, we’ll all be changed. In the resurrection scheme of things, this has to happen: everything perishable taken off the shelves and replaced by the imperishable, this mortal replaced by the immortal. Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life! Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who’s afraid of you now? It was sin that made death so frightening and law-code guilt that gave sin its leverage, its destructive power. But now in a single victorious stroke of Life, all three—sin, guilt, death—are gone, the gift of our Master, Jesus Christ.
To that I say Thank God!
1 Timothy 1:9-10 We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus. I want my soul to be ready to die, but we shouldn’t dwell too much on that, God put us here to live!
Philippians 1:21-26 I’m Christ’s messenger; dead, I’m his bounty. Life versus even more life! I can’t lose. As long as I’m alive in this body, there is good work for me to do. If I had to choose right now, I hardly know which I’d choose. Hard choice! The desire to break camp here and be with Christ is powerful. Some days I can think of nothing better. But most days, because of what you are going through, I am sure that it’s better for me to stick it out here. We have been given a work to do, first is to love God with our heart, soul and mind, and our neighbor as our self. We shall be changed; we will put off our mortal body become immortal! We have an immortal soul that will live throughout all eternity, we need to make sure that we can stand before God and tell Him that we have done out best to run the race set before us with courage, perseverance and faithfulness to His heavenly cause.
Dottie Rambo penned these words: “When the skies shall unfold preparing His entrance, the stars will applaud Him in thunders of praise, the sweet light in His eyes shall enhance those awaiting and we shall behold Him, then face to face!”
So for now I will be happy that my parents are together in heaven where there are no tears, no worries, no aches and pains and my dad can turn flips if he wants to do so, I will make sure that I am ready to meet Jesus if He sends an angel to come take me home or if I live to be one hundred and see Him come back I the clouds, I will think of my mortality tomorrow and for tonight I will just say, It Is Well!