There is a county music song that says, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go today”. This is an interesting concept I never really thought about until my husband died.
Since then, I look forward to be able to make that journey. I am not looking forward to streets of gold or the glitter and glamour. I just want to experience the peace, the love and the eternal contentment.
Admittedly, I miss my husband so much that I can hardly wait to see him again.
I recently heard another song played on K-Love, the radio station that I listen to in the car. Part of the lyrics to this song was “In death I gain”. As I reflected on these lyrics I realized that most people do not view death as a gain. We all say that we wish for eternal life and the hereafter with God. But we fight like hell to stay here on earth.
It doesn’t really make any sense.
I am not saying that we should stop going to the doctors.
Or stop taking our medicines.
Or throw our healthy life styles in the trash.
I believe our bodies are temples of God. I think we should be reverent toward them. I think we should pay attention and treat them well so that they can be a service to God.
I think about how God created us to be his servants and to be examples for others to follow. I know how important it is to be healthy so we can work for our Lord.
I also believe, however, that there comes a time when we should look forward to dying. When we should understand the only way to experience our eternal life is to transfer over, out of these physical bodies, into our spiritual bodies.
We are somehow schizophrenic when we say we are excited about going to heaven, but we fight like crazy to stay on earth.
I think we are just afraid.
It is the unknown that gives us the most fear. It is like that with everything. Any big decision makes us afraid because we don’t know how things will work out. We can’t see the future so we are afraid. We know the reality of the present, but the future is the unknown.
It is hard to trust what we cannot see and we cannot know. But God is with us everyday. He has given us so many signs that he will care for us. He guides me daily to do things that are good for me; that I would not even have thought about had He not put it in my mind. With this evidence, I am comfortable about death and passing on to the spiritual side of life.
I think about how suddenly my husband died. It does not matter if you are ready and are prepared. When God calls your name, you go. It does not matter if you are in good health or in poor health. When God calls your name, you go.
I have decided that I am not going to hasten my transition to the spiritual side but I am certainly looking forward to it. I know that I will leave behind lots of lose ends and things that my children will have to handle But when my name is called, I am ready.
Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.