Posted by: cindybythesea | November 3, 2014

Of Hope and a Future

I like this photo. The image of Jesus reaching out to us.  His obvious kindness and compassion revealed in just this one gesture.  I’ve been thinking about the Brittany Maynard story all day and feel sad that her young life came to an end in the way that it did. Sadder by far though that the hand extended to her by Jesus was as far as I know never accepted.  I’ve been reading the comments regarding her story and they range from compassionate to defensive (on her behalf) against anyone, who would suggest that perhaps she did not make the best decision. As I’ve thought about her story a few things come to mind that I would like to share with you my readers.

Some of the criticism levied at Brittany was centered around her decision to take her own life – essentially committing suicide. But, in Brittany’s own words and in her mind the disease process was already killing her. She was simply taking charge over what according to her physicians was already inevitable. If she was going to die, she preferred that it be on her terms  – in her own way. To her it felt good to take charge over a situation that seemed hopeless and out of control.

For us as believers this can be a little hard to understand but, we have to remember that the worldview of an unbeliever is entirely different from ours. They are peering from out of darkness into darkness where we are standing in the light. What I mean to say is that it is important to understand why some people make the decisions they do. For one thing, they simply see no way out.  Their minds cannot conceive beyond what they have been told – what the experts say are pre-determined for them. Feeling boxed in and closed in –  they make a decision that they have been led to feel is inevitable anyway.  Does it take a lot of courage? I would say yes, that it does. It can’t be easy making a decision like that. But, was it really necessary? In the end was it really the best decision one could have made? As a Christian, I would have to say no.

It saddens us because as believers we know that with God anything is possible.  And, when unbelievers pre-empt God by making final and irreversible decisions they are essentially robbing themselves of what God could and would do in their lives.  Yes, would do!   That’s not to say that Brittany would have been healed – though, she might have been.  But now, because of her decision, we will  never know. But, even if she had not. She missed out on so much. For one, she missed out on knowing that even in suffering that Jesus was with her every step of the way. She missed out on feeling his presence and his love, she missed out on the comfort afforded by ministering angels who that at the moment of death would have shepherded her in to the loving and waiting arms of the Savior who would welcome her home and most of all, she missed out on knowing that she was not alone. She also missed out on knowing that even in suffering there is blessing in life – both for ourselves and others.  For God allows nothing in our lives which is outside the realm of his purpose.

Suicide is a terrible thing. Not because it condemns one to hell – our sin and rejection of Jesus condemns us to hell –  but, because it robs the individual of the opportunity to see and experience the love of Jesus, the faithfulness of the Father and the comfort and hope in knowing that when all is said and done – it is the Father, who holds our lives in his hand – and it is he who has the last say over our lives – not the physicians and other well-meaning (or not) organizations that would tell us otherwise.

Following the death of Ms Maynard, we are likely to see the right to die movement push ahead with legislation to legalize the same in all 50 states. It’s a slippery slope in my opinion and one that will lead a culture already steeped in death towards more of the same. For if suffering (or the perceived suffering) of the individual is the criteria there is not much that would not fall under that umbrella – for it is entirely subjective.  Depressed?  End your suffering.  Chronic pain? End your suffering.  Limited abilities or physical impairment?  End your suffering.  Poor quality of life?  End your suffering.  Unhappy? End your suffering.  You get the picture. But, God –

God always tells us to choose life!  For God is not the God of the impossible, but the possible!  May we never give in to those who would tell us there is no hope and no future. For this is what the Bible says, this is what God has promised:

“For I know the plans I have for you”  declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”  Jeremiah 29:11

And, to that I say, amen and amen!

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee”  Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Responses

  1. I am with you on that fact that we shouldn’t think those who do not have faith to act as do.
    We are seeing people who say they have faith and yet stand in disobedience to the Word.
    If I am not mistaken their is a whole portion of the Obama care program that deals with assisted suicide and euthanasia.

  2. I was in Oregon when assisted suicide was passed. How tragic. Our nation is a major practicioner of eugenics. Before birth and after. No point waiting for God to bless us.

  3. I have been reading recently, the Kathryn Kuhlman book, “God Can Do it Again”. A collection of how people with the most debilitating diseases were miraculously cured by the Holy Spirit. The people included believers as well as non-believers, who would sometimes make a journey of 1000 miles one-way, to one of Ms Kuhlman’s services.

    What is required is for revival to return again so that unbelievers can see that nothing is impossible for God.

  4. It’s sad. “Suicide is a terrible thing.” I agree.
    No human being should ever though of that. There are not moral norms that should lead you to do something like this.

  5. Cindy…my sweet sister Cindy, of all the articles you have written over the years & trust me I have read them ALL, this one was one of your best! So many people have been effected by this woman’s story in so many ways. As I read this I could feel the Holy Spirit ministering to my own heart through your words & it is my prayer that as others read this they too will feel that same healing being ministered into their lives as well…in Jesus mighty name I pray..Amen & Amen! I love you to pieces honey! Bee


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