I have often made statements like, “I’m ready to go as soon as God calls me home,” or “I wish I could go to heaven right now.” However, the result of a recent doctor visit brought home the reality that life as I know it could end. The vague idea that life will end came crashing down on the certainty that life will end. I saw the above statements as flippant and poorly thought out utterances. A new perspective has inundated my soul. This life is precious and should be cherished.
God gave me life, and I have experienced the delights of his natural world. Yes, there is both good and evil here, but I have never failed to explore and enjoy this world’s beauty. My wife, children, extended family, and friends have afforded me a life full of joy and love. Tragedies and losses have come my way, but they serve to round out the experience. This world is all I know. Everything that defines life to me has happened here in this temporal existence.
When I die, I will leave all of this and go to a new place that is beyond my experience. Someday, I will leave here to go to a new place – I can only imagine. Life as I know it will be over.
Faith now comes to the foreground. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5). Even though I will be going to an unknown place, I can trust God with the unknown.
So I will not take this life for granted, or belie its importance, but I will cherish it as a precious gift from God himself.