Do you know that life on earth is temporary? Nobody gets out alive. Nothing makes this fact more clear than working in healthcare.
The first time death approached me, I was a girl, uneducated about the process of death and dying. It just showed up one day, uninvited, taking my dad to a place I never thought about. Because who thinks about death at the age of 16?
Then I went to college. I learned about death and dying in theory. The stages of grief. The physiology. The mechanics. But you don’t really grasp the temporary nature of life until you see the end of life.
Watching someone die is not for the faint of heart. We are so determined to live, we do anything to stop the process. Working in a trauma center, fighting to save lives is almost non-stop. It’s not uncommon to use thousands of dollars in resources to save one life. Blood, medication, treatments, surgeries, therapies, transplants.
Just this week alone, we’ve had 5 people come to the OR over and over again to repair multiple fractures suffered in car accidents, abdominal washouts due to gunshot wounds or stabbings or organ failure. We go to all this trouble because we don’t want to see people die. We want to feel like we are in control. We root for and hope for and pray for people to be saved, to heal, to recover, to go on to have full, happy lives. It’s what we do.
But ultimately, it’s still temporary. I’m so grateful the Lord made me a nurse. Making me face the thing I feared most, death, led me back to Him. You see life on earth is temporary, but life after death is forever.
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, sadness, crying, or pain, because all the old ways are gone. Revelation 21:4