Read: Mark 13:1-37
“Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come.” (Mark 13:33 NASB)
It was a stormy night. I was traveling with my boyfriend and his St. Bernard, Louie, from St. Paul to Minneapolis on I-94. Just before the Mississippi River Bridge, the highway makes a sharp turn from the west to the south, making it impossible to see the traffic ahead. As we rounded the curve, traffic came to a swift stop. I looked behind us, to see a semi was rapidly approaching. Suddenly, everything was in slow motion as I saw the semi’s headlights go up and over the top of the car. I thought, “This is it!” The impact crushed the rear of the car, threw Louie into the front seat, as I shattered the windshield with my forehead.
From that backward glance until impact, a profound sense of calm settled over me. I knew I was going to be okay, whether I lived or died! I was wrapped in peace! Was it because I had no control, or because I was ready to go home? I may never know, but fear of death was no longer there.
Do you wonder how you’d react if you had to stare death in the face? No one is anxious to know that. Chief Tecumseh said in his poem, “Fear of Death,” “So live your life that the fear of death can never enter your heart. . . When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with fear of death, so that when their time comes they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way.”