What if I die?
“… And if I perish, I perish.”
My mom called me a few nights ago, “Hi, I know you think it’s weird, but you know how I like to read the obituaries? Well, I think I read one about a girl you went to school with.” Yeah, turns out she was right. I went online and read it myself. This beautiful girl, who just turned 30, died because of complications from cervical cancer. I only knew her as a kid, but I was certainly taken a back that night. It was hard to believe.
I was thinking, “this could be me.” And then my thoughts went on a crazy train ride down the “What IF” track thinking of how I might die. What if I died in a car crash? What if I fell and cracked my head open and bled to death? What if I choked on a carrot stick? What if I got shot in the heart protecting my children from an intruder? What if a single bite from a venomous snake took my life?!
My list of “what if’s” are little silly, but we all have them. Or at least we think about facing death. It will happen to us all. So IF (when) we die, then what?
Here’s what Queen Esther would say:
“ …. And if I perish, I perish.”
She was a young woman wise beyond her years! Not only was she confident in life, but also in death. She knew that if she died doing what was right, she would be taken care of in death.
The apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Death, for the early believers, most likely was the result of their choice to follow Jesus. Not many of us will die because of our standing up to a king or from religious persecution. For most of us it will probably be from cancer, heart attacks, old age, or accidents. Those are still scary and sad ways to go, but do we live with the same attitude toward death as Esther?
Let’s remember and be encouraged by Jesus promise in John 11.
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.”
Father in Heaven, I’m so thankful that you created a way out of death for each of us. Because of your death and resurrection, we can really live forever. It’s hard for us to even imagine what you have planned for us, but we want to live the rest of our lives in eager anticipation, not fear, of what’s to come. We love you.
~ Erin Ramsey
Your Turn! Are we walking in obedience to what the Bible asks of us? Are we overly fearful of dying? Are we confident about where we will be after we die? Let us know in the comments!
- Romans 6:5
- 2 Timothy 4:8
- 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
- Isaiah 57:1-2