When the topic of death comes up, a lot of people tend to get uneasy. We don’t really like to talk about death. Most of us dread going to funerals and we would rather not have to face the reality of death if we can help it. Unfortunately, the mortality rate on earth is 100%. Everyone dies at some point. We can’t avoid it.
A couple of weeks ago, someone shared this with me in an email. Of all the explanations of facing death I have heard, this one really stood out to me because of its simplicity. It is a great way to explain death and how we should approach it.
I think that we tend to over think what death really is. I like to think of death as the beginning of something bigger and better, not the end of something I am currently experiencing. While none of us will ever know what the death experience is really like until we actually experience it, maybe we should just rest easy knowing that what will be waiting for us will be great and better than anything we have currently experienced. While I am not in a hurry to die, I do rest easy, without fear, knowing that the best is yet to come and just hope that I am able to run through that door with the same courage as that dog did.
A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, ‘Doctor, I am afraid to die.
Tell me what lies on the other side..’
Very quietly, the doctor said, ‘I don’t know..’
‘You don’t know? You’re, a Christian man,
And don’t know what’s on the other side?’
The doctor was holding the handle of the door;
On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room. And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.
Turning to the patient, the doctor said, ‘Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside..
He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.
I know little of what is on the other side of death,
But I do know one thing…
I know my Master is there and that is enough.’