Death, it’s a curious thing.
This morning I was driving to work, and about 2/3rds of the way in, I hit some traffic. At first I got annoyed because one, I didn’t want to be late, and two, it was probably some sort of construction project that should have been completed months ago.
It wasn’t until the flashing blue lights showed up behind the string of cars behind me, that I knew something was wrong.
As I approached the site, I saw a mother taking her confused child out of a car while the cops moved other cars involved in the crash to the side of the road. Everyone seemed to be okay, except for the deer.
I don’t quite know what happened, but I can only guess. A deer must have run onto the highway, and in its confusion, caused cars to swerve and crash into one another and ultimately itself.
When I saw this lifeless deer, I broke down and cried.
What if it had a family and was on its way to take care of its babies? What if it was trying to find a safe place to rest? What if, what if…? I’m pretty sure the last thing this dear thought was that today would be his/her last day on earth.
Isn’t that true for us?
Our days are numbered, we can’t live forever. Life and death sneak up spontaneously and simultaneously, uninvited and sometimes expected, mysteriously and miraculously. It’s weird. The two go hand in hand.
When one life ends, another begins. When one life begins, another ends. Children are being born everyday, while there are those who simultaneously pass away. It’s a sobering, heart-breaking fact of life – but it’s also what makes life so beautiful.
Our days are numbered, yes. But that doesn’t mean we have to live like we’re already dead.
What I love about animals is that they just do what they were created to do. They don’t ever stop. A goat is a goat. A frog is a frog. A deer is a deer. They claim their identities and go about their lives living them to the fullest. They don’t sit there and question their purpose because if they did, I’m pretty sure none of them would survive. They live it out on a day-to-day basis. They take action.
There are times, however, where death comes unexpectedly even while one claims his/her identity. This deer was probably having a really good day being a deer, thinking of its next meal and enjoying all things a hooved animal does. But by a turn of crazy events, his/her life was taken.
But how sweet to think that this dear wasn’t worrying, dwelling, or thinking about this possibility. The truth is, death is real and it can happen to anyone at anytime. But this deer, though aware of its need to survive, didn’t stop to question when that would happen.
As people, it’s so easy to freak out and worry about the end. The day when all turns to blackness and the life we so deeply cherish escapes our lungs. What happens next?
For those who don’t believe in Heaven or hell, this can be a terrifying thought. And I don’t blame them.
The fact that our days are numbered means we have a choice and a responsibility. We can either choose to live our lives to the fullest on a day-to-day basis like the deer, not knowing when that final day comes, or we can cower and run around in extreme anxiety, questioning anything and everything.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live in freedom. It’s beautiful that we have that choice. The fact that on this earth we don’t live forever means we have a limited amount of time to make our lives count. To make decisions and choices that serve and bless others, to truly thrive because having breath in our lungs is a gift.
Let us not take our lives for granted, and let us not stop living fully out of fear for when that final day comes.
As a Christian, I have the peace of knowing Christ. The end doesn’t scare me because I know life on this earth is not the end. A life filled with Jesus keeps going.
If you don’t know Jesus, I encourage you to get to know Him. Because He makes life sweet. Because He makes life and all it’s ups and downs worth it. Because He gives us our identities, a clear purpose, and a reason to be confident. Because He loves us even if and when we don’t love Him back. Because He is good.
Yes, He is so good.
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*Disclaimer: The deer dying is a tragic and very sad thing. I wish more than anything that he/she had a longer time to live. I wish that about anyone who sees death way too soon.
Also, if you’d like to know more about Jesus, please don’t be afraid to message me. I’d love to answer any questions you may have or to just chat.
All my love,