In the past month I have listened to two Audible books dealing with immortality and dying, on Sunday night I finished watching the mini-series on Netflix titled “Messiah”. I don’t believe myself to be an extremely religious person, but I must admit, the influx of these topics sure does have me thinking. I do believe in God and Heaven, sadly, I don’t think about it much.
Life has a funny way of making us think about topics we don’t really want to think about. After listening to these two books, (linked here: The Immortalist and The Next Person You Meet in Heaven) I began to think about many things. Mortality, a difficult topic, if you were given the exact date you were going to die, would you want to know? Would the knowledge of this date change how you lived your life? Heaven, maybe an easier topic, when the idea of Heaven is portrayed in Mitch Albom’s book, it is a journey, an explanation from five people met during the main character’s life, and how those people lead her to discover her Heaven, which is different for every person. In The Messiah, is the main character a Savior or the AntiChris?, If he is the Messiah, would you believe? I think there are many who would want to believe and would, then many who would think he was a hoax.
What is God’s plan? I’m sure many of us have asked this question, I know I have. That may not be something we know immediately, if ever. I do believe that things happen for a reason and maybe that is God’s plan. Whether events are good or bad, they shape our lives. If it wasn’t for some happy events that turned unhappy, in my own life, I wouldn’t be a mother to my wonderful daughter or a grandmother to her amazing little boy. I believe that was part of God’s plan, for me.
What happens now though? I struggle with this quite often, where do I go from here? I survived cancer to be here for a reason, yet, what is that reason. Aside from having a beautiful and loving family, what is God’s plan for me? I honestly don’t know the answer to that question, I am hoping He does.
Hope is one of the greatest gifts we are given in life. Without hope, where would most of us be? Hope makes it possible to begin each day new, strive to be someone good, contribute to others lives and make our purpose here meaningful. So, I hope. I hope that when whatever is meant to be for me presents itself, I will know.
I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Have a great week and I hope you find the peace you deserve . . .
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A visual storyteller. I use flowers, tea cups, cake plates and various props to tell still life stories. I grew up in the city, but I have lived in the suburbs for over 30 years. Living close to the beach and a local small village has given me the opportunity to tell my story through photographs.