Getting Ready

Before the time comes I wanted to get ready, if that’s possible at all. But it happens most of the time before I could get ready.

I don’t want to get embarrassed, amongst people, by these seizure attacks. When I have this aura, which warns me of the possible attack, I am very happy. Yet my happiness couldn’t save me either.

Sometimes my SOS pill helped me avoid such circumstances. If it is going to happen; it happens. The most important thing is I wanted to finish my job or inform someone in any case I wouldn’t recover.

If I’m out from home, there are times I’d call home to let them give a check on me every five to ten minutes. Nothing can be ascertained but anything can happen. If it’s just another aura, then it’s way better.

When I’m with my children alone at home, I’d tell them if something’s wrong. My children would pray besides my bed, which gives me comfort. And God really did hear his prayer, which keeps me safe, most of the time.

When my God had cared and arranged help in my worst days, I am really grateful. He’d lead me home in those uncertain moments.

Getting ready to run
Getting Ready

In my living with epilepsy, this is one of the many lessons it taught me. In any way possible, I could, I wanted to avoid unprecedented seizure attacks but one thing is inevitable, I could not stay safe all the time. Although there are some embarrassing moments, I was quite blessed enough, as I was saved from embarrassing moments.

Getting Ready for the End:

Talking about death is not always pessimistic. It can otherwise make us appreciate our lives, which inculcate optimism in our living.

Should we be clear about our beliefs; what we expect after death, it would help us in living a happy life. Each day of lives would be numbered. We’d give thanks to the Lord for the gift of time.

Let’s get absorb in this matter and devote out whole time thinking about it. No, that is not my purpose of writing this. We should live like we could never die but get ready like we could die any moment.

It might be clearer this way: It is hope, time and again here, that I’d awake again should I have seizure attack but with impending pain on my body. However, some episodes did change my analysis of my problem. Recovering, really, is not in my hand. Should it be time for me to go on there’s nothing I could do about it.

The problem here is I could never be ready for such unprecedented episodes. But I have this faith that if something more than unusual happen in life, God took control of everything. The only thing I should be concern about is meeting Him again.

We shouldn’t be left undecided about our future. One must be certain about our belief. If someone does not anticipate life after death or meeting our Savior, let’s say it his choice now. But someone getting caught not readying for anything could be a disaster.

Apostle Paul, talking about the Day of the Lord, wrote to the Thessalonians: For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (1 Thess. 5:2-11)

While citizens of every order are busy for (International, national, and local) “Peace and Safety” destruction will come suddenly on them. (My emphasis added) No one knows about the times and dates of such extent.

How do we get Ready?

Here in verses 8 to 11, the Apostle Paul gave a very brief yet meaningful instruction on getting ready so that no one should be surprised like a thief. Let’s read:

“Putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ is the best way of getting readied being mentioned here.

For every beginning there is an end. If a flower blooms today it will wither in few times. If someone is suffering there will be time where suffering ends.

Some of the things in life are certain, those certainty we weren’t interested. We are more drawn to those thrills of uncertainty.

In the meantime, let’s work hard; not simply remain idle and disruptive. Let us help the weak, love each other in brotherly and sisterly love, and be patient with one another. V12-14. Let us be thankful and optimistic each day of our lives.

Being prepared or getting will enhance our productivity, which will increase our appreciation of life. Lest we go empty handed to our Worthy Savior.

Getting ready is the most appropriate thing we can do on our own; we don’t need to involve others. There is no need of investing huge amount of time and money but our own heart. It is more of a state of mind.

In his very own words, Jesus Christ had alerted the disciples about being getting ready or readiness at any hour. Here, let’s read again:

You must be ready because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect Him. (Matthew 24:44)

It becomes a least likely trend of many people who are too much anxious about this timing. Some people, in the
very unfortunate way, ended up taking their own lives, which is against conforming to the will of God.

In the process of getting ready, we should not be too much anxious of God’s timing. In His most appropriate timing Jesus Christ came on earth to save us. And in His most appropriate timing He would call us unto Him.

When we are young, healthy, busy in our own work, and with few difficulties in life we tend to think less of this important aspect of life. Still it is a good thing, I would say, because it shows we’re happy.

However, some people still missed this aspect of life even in their worst situation. They are blinded, circumstances had blocked their view: their wisdom, their riches, their dilapidated life, could become their evil strongholds. But the abiding grace of God is always kind and nigh.

Let the grace of God be with us while we get ready for His Kingdom!

To Die Or Not To Die

As if in our hand, some of us tried toying with our life. When we hit rock bottom with no chance of recovering, we are tempted to think about it.

It might be unnecessary or unbelievable to even think about ‘to die or not to die’, but let us talked about it. The more relevant question must be the timing; now or when?

A year ago, I have my tryst with death too. For some hours I’d remain unconscious. It was not a great moment to recall the pain, when I become conscious again. But let me put a few here:

In that bout of my status epilepticus, I was given a chance to live again. All the things that worked together on that particular day cannot be a coincidence. The hand of God was surely involved, I would say. From the unknown vegetable vendor to all needed timely helpers and help I have received, it was clear that it was God who spared my life.

Seventy percent of patients who experience such episode resulted in death. It was written in the research paper I had read. I have made some research on my own about my illness. However, my doctors advised not to indulge in that process so I had deleted all my sources. If not, I could have shown you their findings.

Had I not regained consciousness I would have been dead, simple yet nerve wrecking. But I would be with my Savior, resting in His arms. People might say how unfortunate we would have been or otherwise. It’s just my supposition. Life, here on earth, will end there abruptly.

Purpose of Life:

I find no reason to boast or take pride in calling it our own life. It’s my life’, that’s how we called it often. We are not the owner of our life. God has a purpose in creating us.

Job, in the Bible, says, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2) God’s purpose cannot be undone. There are many verses to show God has a purpose for every man. “The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5). Insight, from God, is needed to find it out.

For a believer, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Let me put it here about purpose of life. We wanted to talk more about the problem.

The Problem:

As I was recovering, my physical being was not restored at one go. It takes time to be able to leave the hospital. The pain, distorted eyesight, and other problems are not easy to bear. It is something normal to happen in life.

When something unusual happened: health not improving as we’d wanted, the unending financial crisis, our prayer not materializing, difficulty caused by choosing the wrong educational course, and many more, could makes us worry.

Many of us wanted to die instead of suffering more hardships and pain. But we should remember that to die is not the solution to everything. Sometimes, I also wanted to die, to take rest with Him, but I still have so many things to do; my purpose not yet fulfilled.

For those of us who lived with constant pain and difficulty, the journey could get challenging. But remember Jesus Christ is nearby you, watching you closely.

In our pain, He is pained. In our joy, He remained joyful. He wanted us to fight the good fight and overcome victoriously. In our suffering we are not alone although most of the time we seem to be alone.
When my purpose is fulfilled I would be taken home, even if I am not ready. So, don’t be tempted to die before the time comes. The time will surely come.

To Think About:

When this thought ‘to die or not to do’ loom large on your mind, take your time out. Remember our God is besides you when you endure that pain. Sometimes, He speaks but the Devil makes us difficult to hear.

What did Jesus Christ do when He was in the middle of His suffering? He had bore it all. Someday, our suffering will end. Someday, we will meet Him too.

Remember that Hope and Faith are to be use at its largest extent in our earthly life. Hope for good time to happen in future by putting faith on the Lord.

When you think you are no more valuable or no one values you anymore, remember there’s someone who valued you and gave His life for you. I am also in this suffering, from time to time, so I can tell you this.

Leave the matter to God. Let His will be done, even in our most difficult moment. It is my prayer that our God would sufficiently take care of us, even when it seems He is not working.

Again, let me end herewith the word of God, what Jesus Christ has declared, for you to ponder over:

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief (Satan) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus Christ) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:9-10 with my emphasis added)

Let us try to make the most out of our life. That, we might live joyously but not beyond the permitted limit.

Abiding Grace: Death Conquered!

The news came, ‘our Dad passed away just now’.  Flashback on the life of my father came like lightning in my mind.  Daddy taught us many things in his lifetime.  Among them was his firm believe in the Resurrection of Christ.  In that moment of our grief, ‘Daddy must be meeting his Savior now.  He holds onto his faith until he breathe his last.  How blessed is he!’  For mankind death is inevitable.  Since Dad had already proclaimed Jesus Christ as his Savior, it was just a matter of time till we met Him.

And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.*

Jesus Christ was crucified on the Cross; His body was claimed by one rich man, Joseph of Arimathea.   With Pilate’s permission, they took His body, wrapped in clean linen cloth with spices, and buried Him in his new tomb in a garden.  Nicodemus and others accompanied him in the whole thing.  Jesus was buried in accordance with Jewish burial customs.  Again, with Pilate’s permission, the tomb was guarded. (Matthew 27:62-66)

For the disciples, Jesus was the Son of God; God in the flesh.  In Him, they believed.  Yet they might have expected that in some ways He might skipped death.  But that does not happen.  They saw Him suffering, they saw him dying.  They might be pondering, ‘Oh my! He was the Son of God.  How can this happen to Him?  But now He was dead’.  So they locked themselves in the upper room, where they had the Passover Meal the day before, fearing they too might face the same fate.  Can you see yourself here?

In His death, Jesus Christ set free the dead.  On the third day, He rose from the dead.  Mary Magdalene went to anoint His dead body accompanied by Matthew, Mark, and Luke.  They found the tomb open.  Jesus was no more there inside.  The angels told them He has risen!  The angels told them to meet Him in Galilee as they had been foretold. Jesus Christ, in his body, met his disciples here.  Apostle Paul recorded Jesus Christ appeared to the twelve disciples, and then to more than five hundred people, and so on. (1 Corinthians 15:3-8) Let me leave the proceedings of the resurrection here.   Scientists and Researchers keep working on the evident, which are given knowledge for that purpose only.

This particular situation happened many times in life.  We know God is there, but sometimes He just seems dead.  He was not working, it seems.  He has promised us His presence and we know He had all things under Him.  But sadly, He was dead like normal human.  They could no longer talk to Him. We did pray to Him but somehow, we feel, He just did not do anything.  We feel lonely; we feel we are left to fend by ourselves.  It was hard to get through even one night in the wilderness.  Have you been that road? I had.

But it doesn’t end here.  He rose again.  When they most needed Him, He appeared in their midst, out of nowhere.  Even for the ‘Doubting Thomas’, He was there to show the nail marks, and in his reached to even touch Him.  He was kind enough to clear the doubts of Thomas.  He will also clear our doubts one day, in whatever way is best for us.  Keep the faith.  He is available for every situation, for every type of person.

Death, the most feared fate of man, has been conquered.  All our fears and doubts will also be conquered.  The resurrection is the vindication of His teachings.  Christ the Victor proclaimed victory over Evil.  Even death could not hold Him longer.  The hope of life after death was reaffirmed.  One day, we will be joining Him in the celebration.  The dark night is going to pass soon. What a great day it would be when I see my Savior face to face.

*1 Corinthians 15:14