Last April, I received an phone call from my brother in Washington State. He said, "If there is any way you can get away for a while and come down and visit Mom, that would be good." Mom is 83 and hasn't been doing so well since Dad passed away a year last August. Some of you have been there, so you know where I am going with this.
For those who haven't a clue, the trip to visit my Mom was not going to be a vacation. A month after my dad passed away last August, my mom fell and shattered her left hip. She went in for a hip replacement, which with Mom being pretty frail; her battle was not over after the surgery. She began down that long arduous road of physical therapy. To make matters worse, she had extreme pain, so she struggled with the physical therapy to the point she just stopped the PT. In April, mom made the statement, "I'm ready to go home."
Mom decided she was going to move from her house permanently to an assisted living center, which she did. In fact, after she got settled, she decided that she did not want to go out of her room and began to stay in bed most of the time or sit out in her auto recliner and watch TV all day. If you don't know what that does to a person, try it for about a week. You begin to feel the life in you start to die.
God created all of us, young and old to be. We all have a purpose in life, and until the Lord Almighty calls us home, God's perfect will for us is to be human beings.
Some would like to think different, but the Truth is, Christian people are made to be active people, not only physically, but spiritually. This is our purpose and calling in this life on earth which we were created for. Jesus Christ used nature to teach us a simple Truth in our purpose. He said," Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit." John 12:24 American King James version.
Being and producing are both very much alike. Both require an outside action, a supernatural intervention by a supernatural force. For a seed to fall requires the law of gravity, an outside invisible force, before anything can begin to change/happen. For the transformation of one single seed that falls to the earth to become (here's that be root word again) a multitude of seeds, this is by all practical means a miracle of life.
St. Paul encourages the Christian Church when he emphatically states, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
God says He will transform our thinking, if we ask Him to, by the Holy Spirit, which He sends to us. God gives us His Word, the Holy Scriptures or Bible and we begin to "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him," Psalm 34:8
The story of my mom has a happy ending. After a lot of prayer and planning, my wife and I have been staying with her for about three months. She went from nearly bed ridden to hall walker to mall walker in a matter of a few months. All it took knowing the will of God, prayer of a lot of people and the ability through God's Love in us to love her right where she was and begin to encourage her to start moving about. Life can be like that. Imagine being in a car that runs fine, only sitting in it with the gear in neutral. If we can just put the car into drive, and begin to move, then everything else will find its purpose. Mom is alive and more vibrant to live than ever. She is looking forward to this Christmas, one that she may have not had this year had she stayed in her apartment bed or chair much longer.
So, ask yourself, are you or someone you know thinking, "To Be or Not to Be?" That is still the age old question we all must face at one time.