Recently, while sitting in a tree stand with my cross bow, just after settling in with my harness attached to the tree, I had an eye-opening experience. Not far from me, I thought I heard a gun shot that startled me. A tree came crashing down in my direction. I froze. It landed just feet from where I was sitting. Had it crashed into me, I would have been history. Reflecting, while sitting in that tree, that evening, I had the sobering thought that I am closer to my death than at any other time in my life. Am I ready?
I’m trying not to be morbid, but some interesting thoughts went through my head. I’m seventy years old and no one in my family lived past seventy-five. What is going to happen to my estate, humble as it is, when I die? I’m not taking it with me. What will it be like to meet my creator, my Lord, Jesus, face to face? I thought about that tree as a shot over the bow, to let me know that my time is coming. Not if it comes, but when.
I’m not sure of what will happen when I meet Jesus, but I’m pretty sure of some things I will not be asked. I won’t be asked about Donald Trump or Joe Bidden and their behavior. I won’t be asked about my friends, family, neighbors and clients and what they did with their lives. No, the focus will be on me and how I lived my life. Did I become the best Daniel Fachting possible? Did I live the best Christian life in relationship with Jesus? Did I share the gifts that I had been given? Did I follow Jesus’ teaching? Are there people I need to make amends with?
Interestingly, I didn’t think about what others will say about me. I don’t think it will matter. I didn’t think about the size of my funeral. I will miss the wonderful love relationships that I have with my wife, family, and friends. I will miss beautiful sunsets, rainbows, sun dogs, storms, and flowers. I will miss hugs.
Curiously, I am not afraid of dying. I think I’ve lived my life with Jesus, and I trust that upon my death he will call me with words from the Songs of Songs, “arise my beloved, my beautiful one, and come.” Is it any wonder I like being in the woods on a fall evening with brilliant sunsets, falling leaves, sitting in a tree, being close to God and nature?
“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you and give you his peace.”