VIEW FROM THE RIDGE
(I originally wrote this back in April of 2001 for the Church Newsletter)
In our travels the last two winters, we have had the enjoyment(?) of a 3rd companion, our four year old Doberman, Quincy. He is a great traveler and doesn’t seem to mind being cooped up in our pick-up or travel trailer all day and night. We try and find places to stay that have some wide open spaces where he can run.When Mr. Doberman developed this breed, among other things, he crossed in some Whippet and Greyhound, which goes a long way in explaining why you never want to try and outrun a Doberman. It also forces Jeri and I to take a mile or two walk every day so he can get in his 4 or 5 mile run. Otherwise he drives us crazy in the evenings with all this energy that has to be expended one way or another. The choices are 1) a four or five mile run in the mornings, or 2) one or two hours of bouncing off the walls in the trailer. So we walk, evvvvery morning, rain or shine.
One particular rainy morning at Pismo Beach, Jeri suddenly felt the need to take a shower, and opted out of our morning walk. So the dog and I headed for the beach.
Pismo Beach is a great place to walk. It is wide, flat and has very fine sand. They even allow you to drive on it. We were out early enough(only one dumb enough to be out in the rain) that I could turn Quincy loose and let him run free.
As I made him sit to unleash him, his whole body quivered with excitement in anticipation of being freed to run with the surf and wind. As soon as he felt and heard the snap release on his collar, he was off like a bullet! He ran back and forth, up and down the surf, chasing sea gulls, exploring sand dunes, always moving, always coming back and checking on me, then off he would go again, full tilt, never tiring. It is an amazing sight that I never tire of.
The thought occurred to me as Quincy was being unleashed from my physical control, that this must be what people experience in death. One minute we are shackled to this earth by a body suffering aches and pains and no longer wants to move or operate the way we want, and the next instant we are unleashed, free to move about like never before; free of pain, free of time restrictions, free of stress, free of sin, free to worship in the presence of God and Jesus-- free at last, free at last! Finally I understood visually why Jesus said death could not claim victory.
Are you living a life that fears the inevitable, or are you living with excited anticipation for that event that is as natural a part of life as birth. There is nothing to fear if you know Jesus.
But when the perishable will have put on the imperishable, and the mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” -- But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Cor. 15:54-57
On the other hand, if you don’t know Jesus--------------