Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
My last few blogs have been about my friend Jackie who died this week. She was told 6 months to a year when in reality it wasn't even a week. My Mother was told 6 months and it was just about to the day. My brother in law's father was told 2 months, and it was close again. So, sometimes the prediction isn't far off the mark. But none of us knows.
My younger son Jason Amos, called last night and said he thought he was going to die! He got some bread caught in his throat and ended up driving himself to the emergency room. We are in Gatlinburg for a retreat, and only heard about it after the fact. It kept moving from his throat to his nasal cavity. When he got to the hospital, he had his worse episode. His blood pressure shot up and they finally managed to give him something to make his esophagus relax and it went on down. Scary!
Tommy and I are getting older, so we think a lot about death and he preaches a lot about it. Whether one is old or young though, none of us knows when our numbered days will be over. With Paul I say that for me to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21) Often I am afraid that I have said....for me to live is a nice house. For me to live is a better car. For me to live is a vacation to get away from it all. For me to live is the perfect job with the perfect boss and the perfect salary.
No, for me to really live, I don't need any of that. I only need Christ. And to die and go to be with Him is gain.