Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Afraid of Dying
I have never been afraid of dying but I believe a lot of people are. I am around many of them on a daily basis at work as an activity director at an old folks home. In fact, one woman in particular is terrified of dying. I am not sure why but I’d like to ask her sometime. I think some people wonder if it hurts to die. With my work, I have been privileged to sit at the death bed of several of my best buddies as they transition home. One particular friend was conscious enough before she went on morphine that she was able to describe it to me. I asked her, “Does it hurt to die?” She stated, “Yes, but I keep lifting up to the most beautiful sight. Then I drop back down again because it isn’t time yet.” She was dying from complications from diabetes.She had open wounds between her toes so I can see how that hurt. I can tell you from experience that drowning is a very peaceful way to go. I drowned when I was 10 years old. I remember it vividly still to this day. I remember being scared at first when I knew I couldn’t hold my breath anymore but once I took that first breath of water it was the most peaceful feeling I can ever remember. I still think about that often. I saw bright light and I remember looking around in the water and seeing how beautiful blue it was and feeling such a glorious feeling of weightlessness and peace in my little 10 year old body as I breathed the water in and out of my lungs. Then as everything was moving toward the light, I remember being thrown up onto the side of the pool and people pushing on me hard and then me coughing up lots and lots of water. I don’t know how long I was under there but I remember needing a nap when that was over. The funny thing is that even with that experience, I have never been afraid of water. Maybe I am not afraid because I know how peaceful and painless it is to drown.
God knows us so well because He made us and He knows that it is common to fear dying. So I think it is pretty amazing to look at how God prepares us for natural death from old age. Where I work, every day I see people in varying degrees of poor health. I see their decline and ultimate end although they sometimes move on to a higher level of care before that end comes. I look at how people get diabetes, high blood pressure, heart issues, blood clotting, strokes, inability to take in nourishment, etc. Most of the people I deal with, by the time they are near death they are ready. They are tired of hurting. They are tired of struggling and have little quality of life left. God is pretty cool like that to prepare us for natural death. We become ready. We become tired and want to sleep. Even in the end, God has our back.
Sometimes it is good to consider our own mortality. We are on vacation here on this earth. One day we will all go home, but on every other day, we will enjoy our vacation and spread joy like confetti to all we come in contact with. Get out there today and sprinkle kindness and love into our world. Thank you for reading my blog. Please give me a like and a follow and a share!