In the blink of an eye

The death toll as a result of coronavirus is alarming! It’s a hard time that we are all going blindly into. What do we do? What can we do? Especially when we have all mostly been placed under lock down. What do you think about…and how do you go about talking about a topic that everyone doesn’t want to hear in this time?

So here is another throwback from a few weeks ago…, my thoughts on mortality. If you find the topic a little too morbid for your liking, I hope you will still read it to the end or give your own thoughts. But be encouraged there is some hope embedded in it.

The Psalmist writes in Psalm 103:15-26 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.

Death is always the last thing on our minds and according to the writer of ‘The top five regrets of the dying’, we go out of our way to avoid such conversations. We ‘wanna live like we’re young’.

Even when we’ve been given a deadline to life, we try to ignore it, squeeze as much life into the timespace we’ve been given to go out with a bang. We frown upon anyone who would dare bring it up. In fact in my culture it is definitely frowned upon to dare to bring that conversation up in social gatherings.

Or we try to shield the dying from the fact that they actually are, rob them of the opportunity to get their last things in order. Placate them with empty words of how they have more years (this though, for some people, is true).

But maybe if we didn’t run from our own mortality, here and now, we could strive to do more, get our priorities straight and find answers to the most important questions.

Like flowers withering away…

And I want to take a guess and say that whenever it is brought up in any circles, it changes the mood and tone. Makes us more sober and somber and introspective. Puts our own timeline in perspective. Reminds us that while we live like we are here forever, we are rarely given the guarantee of tomorrow. Slows us down abit to think about the legacy we are leaving behind. But we’ll always come to that in time.

My dad pays close attention to eulogies during funeral services and always comes to share what he heard. How a person you knew from a different perspective is also known in a different light by those closest to them! Or for those who maintain the consistency but were always doing more in their quiet living than what was displayed to the public. How one life has the ripple effect of touching so many and yet it is still like a blade of grass.

Give it time and before long the whole world has moved on, it’s place somehow already a distant memory.

How do you capture years as far as 80-90 years in only twenty minutes? What do you say and what do you leave out? What is their contribution across eternity? But even more personal, what is their impact on those closest to them?

We come to our prime (whatever our prime is) and in a blink of an eye it’s all gone. This is true about most of life, its harder to build that it is to tear down. Something that takes forever to finish can be brought to its knees in a day. And all we can do is look back and wonder, if we had always seen the end from the beginning, would we have made the same choices?

We are like blades of grass.

This is definitely a hard topic to write about, especially in the thick of hurting for so many, with the coronavirus and so many other diseases claiming loved ones. But I wouldn’t do this time series justice if I didn’t call this to mind. (I’ll make sure I end it next week with a happier thought) Let me know your thoughts on this topic too in the comments below.

But most importantly to share this, when all is said and done, where do you spend eternity? As a Christian, I believe there is Heaven and the only way to it is through Jesus Christ. Since we are not here forever, maybe this is not a bad thought to dwell on.

As the whole world tackles this, I wish you good health. Stay safe and take all the necessary measures. And if you are feeling low, I encourage you to listen to the song ‘The Blessing’ by Elevation Worship, Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes.

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