Death All Around Us

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The season’s colors are at their peak right now. Looking outside, I see hues of brown, yellow, red, and green. The trees are laced with beauty, their branches offset by a cloudless, blue sky. It just cannot get any prettier. And lucky us, we have a view of Paris Mt right out our front windows.

But to put a dark spin on things, the Fall season is basically death all around us. Ok…ok. Maybe that mental image is taking it a little far, but my point is still valid. During Fall, everything is dying. The foliage is losing its luscious green color because it cannot survive the changing weather.

When I think about this aspect, it changes the way I view the season. Instead of just focusing on the colors and beauty, I am forced to consider the reality that all things die (poor little leaf-ys). Everything on this earth (including the world itself) will pass away.

We are fearful of death. For many, just the word “death” is uncomfortable. It’s a topic some folks won’t even let their brains dwell on. This is natural, because originally death wasn’t a part of God’s design. We weren’t created to die. We were created to live in perfect fellowship with our Heavenly Father forever. But alas, sin entered the world and wrecked that perfection (thankfully though, the Lord already had a plan to redeem us back and allow us to escape eternal death).

My opinion is that we don’t think about death enough. Here are four reasons we should allow ourselves to dwell on our personal end:

  1. Death is inevitable. You can’t get out of it.
  2. Death is sobering. Walk through a graveyard sometime. It will sober you. We can get big-headed about ourselves and our plans. We think we have “our whole lives ahead of us” like we are the ones who get to make that decision. But life is fleeting. It can be taken away from us in an instance. It is good to keep that in mind. That should help shape the way we deal with people, our sin, and the Lord. Eternity can come in a moment and we need to be ready for it. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, then death is something you REALLY need to think about. Psalm 146:3-4 says, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.”
  3. Death is encouraging. If you take even two minutes to ponder the things happening in our world right now, the weight is almost unbearable. Life is incredibly painful, but we can rejoice in our future hope! “This, too, shall pass.” One day, we will be able to leave our troubles behind us and rise to glory with our heavenly Father who dispels all fear, sorrow, and pain (if we believe in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and sacrifice for our sins).
  4. Death is not final. We are promised a resurrection. The saved and unsaved will rise again. God’s children will rise to eternal life in heaven with Christ, but those who have rejected Him will rise to second death of eternal separation from Him. “For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53).

So, when you look at the dying leaves, allow yourself to recognize death. Humble yourself in its reality.

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