Taking this trip down to Texas was especially hard. Not because of the 18 hour drive with three kids ages 6 and under. Not because we drove through a blizzard in Missouri. It was difficult because I knew that seeing her for the first time since the words “cancer”, “terminal”, and “timeframe” were spoken, would some how make things more real.
It’s easy to pretend everything is ok from 1,000 miles away. Routine, workload, and busyness have a way of covering up reality. When we arrived in Texas with no other agenda but to simply spend time with each other, I knew it would be impossible not to look death straight in the face.
Death is a scary thing. When we’re young it’s something we hardly think of. As we grow older, it’s this looming shadow in the dark that gets ever closer. But the reality is… we’re all terminal.
Since arriving in Texas, I have had the opportunity to get up each morning and jump on my bicycle for a 45 minute trek over to my Grandmom’s house. We eat breakfast and talk. There are moments of laughter and moments of tears. These conversations will remain with me for the rest of my life because, you see, Grandmom is a woman of faith. She’s the kind of woman that exudes joy and has no problem sharing where her joy comes from. She loves Jesus and has a longing to see him face to face. It’s because of this that she said yesterday, “I hope you don’t think it’s naive of me, but I’m not afraid of death.” We then proceeded to read the majority of 1 Corinthians 15 together. In the face of her cancer and a terminal diagnosis these words leapt off the page.
It will all happen so fast, in a blink, a mere flutter of the eye. The last trumpet will call, and the dead will be raised from their graves with a body that does not, cannot decay. All of us will be changed! We’ll step out of our mortal clothes and slide into immortal bodies, replacing everything that is subject to death with eternal life.
1 Corinthians 15:52-53 (VOICE)
What a promise we have in our Savior King! Our bodies are subject to the decay of this world. Sin, a vicious and pervasive disease, has sought to destroy us for all eternity. But our God, who is rich in mercy, provides the ultimate cure. Holy Spirit inspired faith in Jesus gives us a promise and a hope that, “All of us will be changed!” Death is temporary, life with Jesus is eternal.
Our conversation then turned to laughter as she mused about what her new body would look like. Even in the face of such adversity, she was able to say, “God is good, I know where I’m going.” Reflecting on that day, my hope is that throughout the rest of my life, in the face of all that sin and the devil bring against me, I will be able to echo these words: “God is good, I know where I’m going.”