The day is at hand
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
Facing death has a way of trimming off all the nonessential interests and distractions we usually allow in our lives. When we realize that our time on earth is coming to an end, priorities get realigned and those issues and conversations that are most important to us tend to percolate to the top. All the nonessentials are stripped away.
Our church has been praying for a woman named Shari, who has been suffering from a rare disease of the lungs. In a very short time this healthy 30 year old wife and mother has slowly regressed to the point where, last Wednesday night, I received word from her father that they were removing her tubes and life support. She was unresponsive, her kidneys had shutdown, she was cold to the touch, and a fungus had formed in her blood. It was time to pull the plug. The doctors were preparing to give her a dose of Morphine and in a very short time, they were certain she'd slip behind the veil into the arms of the Lord.
That night, during our midweek service, our church fellowship (among many others) prayed for her. Conscious of how close she was to death, I hoped Shari had been able to communicate that which is most important to those she loves. We all hope for that. At a time like that, all our priorities are set and there is no time to waste on trivial conversation.
I've just learned that, for whatever reason, the doctors held off on that morphine shot. And Wednesday night, Shari began opening and closing her eyes. She began to rally.
Though very weak, Shari motioned for her mother. Her mother came to her bedside and Shari asked for a piece of paper with the alphabet letters on it. Slowly and carefully, she chose the letters that were most important to her at that moment. She was writing a message to her little boy. One letter at a time, she spelled out, "God loves Sam."
May we follow Shari"s example as we redeem every moment for God's glory.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ.
P.S. Please continue to pray. In the last update I received, her mother explained what was happening to Shari and wrote her options out on paper, Dialysis- Yes or No Shari pointed to "yes," then her mother asked her if she was wanting to fight. Shari again chose "yes." As you can see, she's responsive. It seems her kidneys are functioning again. Please pray that God continues to heal her!