“For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:6–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – If you knew me well, you’d know that this Sunday’s amusing fits me to a T. After a long day’s work and supper, I hit the easy chair and work on by blog. Afterwards, I spend some time on FaceBook or watch something on Netflix. When I wake up, depending on the time, I’ll either decide I may as well stay where I am, or head back to bed.
But that was not what struck me about the comic. It was happy (feeling or showing pleasure) versus relieved (no longer feeling distressed or anxious; reassured). I don’t know exactly when it happens, it’s probably different for different people, but there does come a time when relieved is the operative word. When we are young, we rarely feel distressed or anxious about such things, but as we age… Is he (she) alright? Don’t overdo it, you’re not as young as you used to be (actually, no one is). Do you think you ought to let someone younger do that?
Usually, we have these anxious thoughts more about our loved ones and less about ourselves. Because, if we are secure in Christ, the fear we might have had of dying when we are young, is lessened as we age. At least that the way it is for me. While I think it might be the opposite for those not secure in Christ. The fear and anxiety increases as the time for “departure” nears. This hit home earlier this year when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I really did not have the anxiety I thought that I might. Perhaps that might have come if the results of the surgery were not as good as they were (they got it all, no spread).
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not rushing things or getting in a hurry. But I am a peace whether it is near or far. I have no concerns about myself. But like my dad, when he knew the time for his departure was very near (heart failure) his concern was for those he would be leaving behind (“who’s going to pray for my boys?” — a direct quote).
My Advice – All will face the time of their departure. Make sure as it nears you can say “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”