A friend recently told me about a woman she knows who has cancer. This lady is undergoing treatment, but said something to this effect: “if I live, I win because I get to stay with my family and loved ones; however, if I die, I also win because I will be with Jesus.” This reminds me of something the apostle Paul said in the book of Philippians:
“For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 4:12
He didn’t desire death because if he lived, he could continue to produce fruit for the Lord; but death and being with the Lord would be even better.
Maybe that’s why I’m not afraid of this virus. At my age, I have accomplished the life tasks most of us expect to complete. I’ve had a long marriage, raised two daughters, worked at a career I feel proud of ( because my work helped others} and have even seen my grandchildren be born. I’ve been a daughter, wife, mother, sibling, aunt, friend, employee and Christian (not necessarily in that order). Have I done these things perfectly? Certainly not. I’ve made mistakes, but they’ve been repented and forgiven. I’ve had opportunities to learn and travel, to read and write. I’ve never been in serious want. I’ve suffered physically and mentally, and I’m now beginning to experience the limitations that age brings. Still, all of that is only what is common to all humans. My gratitude for my life is great and my regrets are small. If I did die tomorrow (or today) I would be content. I could say (again quoting Paul):
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 1 Timothy 4:7
You see, as Christians, whatever happens, we have only victory ahead of us.