Yes, it is true, we are all perishing, first due to the sin of Adam which has been passed down to all men as Romans 5:12 says,
“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned–“
And yes, it is true, that some are perishing right this very moment from secondary issues such as war, disease, accidents and so much more. But still God calls us to choose life.
How God? How do we choose life, when we are perishing from this truth of sin that leads to death in every single one of us – how do we choose life? How do we tell someone who is choosing death because of pain and confusion to choose life? Your creation is suffering greatly Lord, we are hurting desperately. How do we tell ourselves at this moment to choose life? How do we give ourselves and those around us hope to live yet one more day?
In the news there is a story of a young lady, 29 year old Brittany Maynard, who has a terminal brain cancer. She has made it known publicly that she will be ending her life with a pill on November 1. I cried for her as I read her story again this morning. She is so young and beautiful. Even as she is hurting and suffering she looks full of life.
Brittany is an only child and she loves her mother and hates to see her pain of watching her only child suffer so. Brittany is married to a wonderful husband and she wants him to have the opportunity to be a father some day and have a happy life.
She hurts when people judge her and tell her she is making the wrong choice. And really, how can any of us judge her? I can’t. I’m perishing just like she is. I have a terminal illness too. We all do. Brittany is not the only one who has death and adversity set before her – we all do. And like all of us, Brittany has a choice to choose life and prosperity as well – yes even with a terminal illness. We all have this choice.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” -John 3:16
As I sent up another prayer for Brittany this morning, a friend sent me a notice of a new message sent out from Brittany to all who are following her story. She is not sure that November 1, 2014, will be the day of her death. She says she is feeling good and joyful, and is still laughing with her family and friends and it doesn’t seem like the right time.
For today Brittany is choosing life and I am thankful to have more time to continue to pray for her; that she will find Jesus in the midst of her suffering and pain – It seems that often times this is where He can be seen most clearly. I pray she will see Him.