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I have seen birth and death up close. Sometimes both have a “waiting” feeling about them.
We wait for a child to be born. We know birth is coming, we don’t know exactly when, but we know something will happen soon.
There is great excitement, anticipation, stress and worry. A boy? A girl? (if you choose not to know). What will the baby look like? Will the baby be healthy and fit? What about mom? How is she doing? Will the birth go well?
Many questions tumble around inside.
If someone is near death, we may have a “waiting” feeling too. We may know death is coming, we don’t know exactly when, but we may know something may happen soon.
Of course, in death there is no great excitement or anticipation – only terrible worry, stress, sadness and heartache. For the person facing death we pray for a comfortable transition. A quick, smooth transition from life to death with minimal pain or suffering.
I was near death recently. My good friend’s brother. He was suddenly taken ill and from my friend’s report it did not look good.
Winter had settled in and I was on the verge of a bad cold. My wife suggested we go for a hot tub and sauna at the local community center. We drove down to the center and relaxed in the hot water and steam for a while. I felt a bit better but exhausted and wanted to return home immediately and sleep.
On the way home the Lord told me to see my friend’s brother at the hospital.
I planned on going – the next day with my friend? – but God repeated, “Go now.”
I dropped my wife off at home and drove to the hospital. I’m so glad I listened to God.
My friend’s brother was seriously ill. He could barely talk and struggled to breathe.
I had a “waiting” feeling. Something was going to happen but I did not know what or when. A nurse told me he would be released the next day but the waiting feeling told me something else may happen.
About 12 hours later he passed away. I was the last person he knew well to see him before he died. We talked all too briefly and as I left his bedside he reached over and squeezed my left hand.
I still feel that squeeze.
I thought about what God said. “Go now.” Only two words but He was serious and direct. It was an order.
God gives us choices. Mine was drive to the hospital or crawl into bed. I wanted bed. Desperately. I was not well and after the hot tub and sauna, exhausted and ready for a soft, warm bed and sleep. My friend planned to see his brother the next evening and logic dictated I should wait until the next day.
But God said, “Go now.”
I hate to think of how I would feel if I had put myself first and not listen to His voice. I thought of postponing the visit until tomorrow. Little did I know tomorrow was too late.
God used me. I was meant to be there to say goodbye. Give a dying man a sense of comfort and ease, see an old familiar face before he passed away.
The Lord uses us and often we don’t realize it at the time. Looking back we may realize it…or not.
God does not always explain what He tells us. We hear His voice, get a sense or a feeling – however it works for you – and we choose to either pay attention to our own circumstances or listen to what we think God says to us. In the end, we do not know for sure if it is us or God as His voice is sometimes very hard to hear. Still, we wait upon the Lord to speak to us and give us direction.
The waiting is important, I am learning. We wait – in patience and anticipation – for God to speak. The Lord puts us there, sometimes in life and death situations, waiting for what is to come. For the most part we never know what will happen or how everything will turn out.
All we have sometimes is the waiting feeling. Knowing we are there, for us and for Him.
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