One of the things that is certain about this life is that it is uncertain. Anyone who has lived through a car crash or witnessed the damage from a big storm, be it a tornado, tropical storm or maybe a nor'easter with wind, rain or snow and excessive high tides knows just how quickly life can change. One day we are comfortable, healthy and happy and the next day we might find our home severely damaged, all the creatures comforts of modern technology decimated and perhaps the body wracked with pain. That's life. It's a gift given to us but one that we know will one day end, perhaps much sooner than we think.
Some people live to be octogenarians or longer, having reasonably good health all along the way. Some are sickly and weak from the start, struggling as they grow and never making it nearly as long as they hoped. Some die in infancy or before they even have the chance to experience it, be it because of natural causes or something sinister. We can try to keep ourselves healthy with exercise, a positive attitude and good, nutritious food but when our number comes up, well, then we're done.
So, whey do we go through it and what does it mean? Well, it means that we are not really in control, God is, and that means since we are created in His image and are expected to listen and follow His guidance. But what about someone who never even had a chance, that died before really even understanding what life was all about? We truly can't answer that, but we do know that God has a reason for everything, so perhaps that young helpless life was placed on earth to have impact on someone else, perhaps a mother and father who need to understand the real meaning of life and how precious a gift it is. We just don't know at least not now. And when Jesus said, "Suffer not the little children and let them come unto me," I think he was talking about those little lambs who were too young to understand and upon their early demise went home to Him for eternity, the same thing we want to attain at the end of our lives through really believing in Him.
Life is a mystery and with it many storms. Physical storms are for sure in store for us but also mental ones. And each of us has to make the choices between good and evil, trying to live with love instead of hate in our hearts and focusing on God's enlightenment not the dark recesses that the Evil One hopes to enchant us with. We know we can't make it alone, for we are weak mortals, but if we open our hearts and let the Holy Spirit within us serve as our guide in the stormy weather of the day, we can maintain the strength to stay the course for God and His glory. That is certainly preferable to worship false gods and for living in the chains of sin that are always capturing those who are weak in faith. The Dark Angel looks for our weaknesses and can camouflage himself to meet that desire. It is up to us with our free will to instead call upon God to keep us on course for eternity with Him. We have the option and the choice. Do you want to die in the great storm of life like the sailor sinking in the deep dark sea after a shipwreck or rising to the glory and the light and warmth of God's everlasting care? Choose wisely, my friends, choose wisely.