Sunday, March 28, 2010

Eternal Vision Through the Door


Today we got a call, a call I NEVER want to get again. My mother-in-law saying that our sweet 8 year old niece hit her head and they weren't sure if she was going to make it. She had fallen, hit her head on the tile, lost consciousness, and turned blue. God held onto her life and she is already home with her mommy.

This really opened up my eyes, again, to the frailty of life. We've told our kids that our skin is just a suit and it doesn't fit quite right. We squirm, uncomfortable in this world.

"We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." Romans 8:22-23

Yet, we cling to it, devastated at the consequences of our frailty. I feel like I have this fight in my head. I 100% long to be with our Father in Heaven, yet the thought of losing a child takes my breath away.

We long for eternal life, but the thought of death....

Yet, this one thought keeps popping in my head when I think of life with God.

What if we just lived to "truly live"? What if we stopped living, knowing we would die and started living, knowing we would live? If we could just readily remember that death was just a mere door to God. Sometimes I think we would be bolder, with a clear vision life beyond this one. I imagine our focus would stop being on what we could "do" or "accumulate". It would stop being on trivial differences and how neat our house is.

When we had a brief period today, not knowing if our niece would make it another hour, yet alone another day. We prayed for healing...our nine year old daughter dropped to her knees in prayer...but our son prayed something beyond. He prayed that "God's will be done". Though he knew that could mean something none of us wanted to face.

He prayed with that eternal vision that saw beyond the door to our Heavenly Father. He prayed knowing that what is beyond is what we all yearn for. He reminded me that death is not the worst thing in the world, but a new beginning.

May eternal vision be in our every thought and action and may all our days (and nights) be filled with the eternal vision through the door.

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