DayBreaks for 9/15/15: A Memo from Reality
From the DayBreaks archive, 2005:
You always know it is bad news when the phone rings at 5:00 in the morning. Phones aren’t supposed to ring at that time of day. In fact, I think that if someone invented a phone that had a time sensor in it that could be programmed not to ring between certain hours, that the phone would never ring at 2, 3, 4 or 5 in the morning. But when it does, you reach for it with a sense of dread.
So it was at our home in Cloverdale on Tuesday morning, 9/6. My wife reached for the phone and I could tell that it was her brother, Rick. Laurel and Rick’s dad has had Alzheimer’s disease for over 5 years now. The call was to let us know that he had passed away at about 4 in the morning on 9/6. It wasn’t expected – even though he’d been admitted to the hospital on 9/4, they believed that he’d be discharged and sent home on 9/6. Well, he went home, all right, but not to any home in this world. As a Christian, he’s now entered his mansion, met the Lord, and joined the heavenly choir of praise.
Still, this phone call was a memo from reality. Memos are to remind us of things we might otherwise forget. And how quickly we “forget” the things that we don’t want to contemplate, like death. Our daily existence is uncertain – the nurse had been in to see my father-in-law and take his vitals at 3:30 a.m., and he was fine. She returned at 4 to give him some medication, and he was gone. For all the plans that had been made to bring him home from the hospital that morning, those plans were frustrated by God’s intervention. We can make all the plans we want, but God is sovereign and can change them overnight.
As we gathered with some of my wife’s relatives lately to remember and celebrate the life of her dad, my wife commented to me that some day, our children would gather in such a setting for one (or both) of us – to remember, and hopefully celebrate, our life. It struck me as a very sobering truth. I will die, I will leave my children and grandchildren behind.
It isn’t wise to deny what we know to be true. The truth ultimately wins out. And Jesus is truth.
We all deny some aspects of reality, fleeing from it as if it were a leper. What truth are you hiding from today? Is it some sin that you are ignoring in your life while still practicing it? Maybe you’re fooling yourself by thinking that while others sins will find them out, yours will stay hidden. It won’t – it will be revealed, just like my sins will be revealed. Maybe you’ve been telling yourself that you’re still young and you have a lot of time and that you don’t have to surrender your lifestyle to the Lord until you’re much older. How many have gone to hell for that very way of thinking?
I hope and pray that when God gives you a memo from reality (perhaps even this DayBreaks will serve that purpose in your life), that you’ll read it carefully and apply it to your life by facing the truth it contains.
Job 17:1 – My spirit is broken, my days are cut short, the grave awaits me.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for reminders that You send us from heaven to remind us of reality! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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