It is raining right now. But the sky is a glorious, clear, brilliant blue this morning. The rain that is falling is leaves. I am watching them fall from the comfort of my sunroom. Every time I look up I see dozens and dozens of leaves fluttering softly and gently to the ground. I am struck by this phenomenon this morning for some reason.
The transition of the seasons. Happens as surely as the sun rises and sets each day. The passage of time. We mark it by day to night and back again. We mark it by the changing of seasons. The circuit of the earth around the sun.
This morning I am captivated by the gentleness of the transition. I acknowledge that some days the transition is not nearly so gentle. Some days the wind blows a gale and rips the fragile, spent, dying leaves from their loosening grasp to their branches and hurls them with force to the ground, sometimes far away from the tree they sprang from. Some days, a driving rain pounds against the leaves and sweeps them from the branches. But today, there is a gentle, peaceful, playful floating on the breeze to the ground and a painless landing.
We all will one day loosen our grasp on our connection to this life. We all desire for that transition to be gentle and peaceful; no fear, no force, no flinging us headlong into some unknown space that we cannot anticipate.
How can we be sure that our time of transition from life to death will be peaceful? We must make sure that we are connected to the true source of life — Jesus Christ, the righteous. Then, and only then, can we be sure that our transition from this phase of life to the next will result in a peaceful landing, no matter how our grip on this life is loosened.
“let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:10, 12 NIV
“For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame. For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Romans 10:11, 13
Are you connected to the source of peace, the source of life after life? If you aren’t sure, reach out, so that you can be assured of a peaceful landing on the other side. Some day.
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(Written November 8, 2020, 9:25 am. Updated on this almost identical morning.)