I want to live until I die
By GARY ANDREWS
It wasn’t long ago when a very wise lady told me she only prayed for two things for her life. She also told me she prayed for a lot of people and situations but she was only interested in a couple of things for herself.
She stated, “I pray every day that the Lord will let me live until I die.” Many different reactions come when she tells people of this request. Many will furrow their brow and some will smile with misunderstanding written all over their face. However many people, especially in the older generation, understand exactly what she is saying.
I remember my paternal grandmother lying in a nursing home bed for five years before the Lord called her home. She did not know any of her family, had to be helped up and down to the bathroom, and on many occasions was fed through a tube. One often has to wonder the reasoning of the Lord when He allows a person such as this to live out her remaining years not knowing anyone around her or able to do anything for herself. I can only envision the Lord using this experience to help others gain patience and wisdom on caring for His people. My grandmother was a Christian lady and I remember staying with her when I was young and being carried, not sent, to church by her.
Many people today do not understand why someone would suffer and be a burden on someone until they die. These people may not know Jesus personally and doesn’t understand His grace and mercy. These people also don’t understand that when you accept Jesus as your Savior that your life on earth may end but your eternal life will be with Him in His heavenly home. Agnostics and atheists of today will tell you that the life you are living now is the only one you will ever have and that when you are buried you are through. Maybe this is why they are so burdened about the luxuries of the world and doesn’t worry about anyone else but themselves.
My wise friend prays for these people often and hopes that they will soon find their way to the cross and understand why Jesus died for them also. She prays that they will find their way to the resurrection morning and understand that Jesus lives today and wants them to understand that His grace and mercy is free for the asking. One only has to go to Romans 3:23-24 in the Holy Bible, God’s inerrant Word, to understand Jesus wants you to be one of His own.
My friend is a wonderful lady and a great, true friend. She loves people and she loves Jesus. She is about doing His work in everything she does. Her request of living until she dies is the same as mind. Both of us want to do God’s work until He calls us home. We don’t want to be a burden on anyone when we aren’t able to do His work anymore and just want to be at home with Him.
Her second prayer is that she outlives her teeth. This also is a good prayer.
Prayer: Thank you Jesus for the life you have allowed me to have. I pray that you will take me home when you are through with me on earth. Amen.
(Suggested daily Bible readings: Sunday – Romans 3:23-24; Monday – Isaiah 28:10-15; Tuesday – 2 Peter 1:19-21; Wednesday – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-24; Thursday – Mark 7:5-13; Friday – Philippians 3:17-21; Saturday – Thessalonians 1:8-10.)
Gary Andrews is the author of Encouraging Words: 30-days in God’s Word. To obtain a copy go to his website www.gadevotionals. com.