Saturday, October 08, 2011

Kathryn is Resting

The week was long and we spent a lot of time at the hospital.  Kathryn had problems with electrolytes and pain in her limbs that caused a great deal of distress.  Through a series of events, which included leg muscle spasms, she was given electrolytes by IV on Thursday.  On Friday, her pulmonologist diagnosed her with bacterial pneumonia.  After just three doses of an antibiotic, she has started coughing productively, and spent today in bed letting the antibiotic do the work. 

Although it was a tough week, we have had some great times of prayer and Bible study together.  The title of my post is "Kathryn is Resting."  While it is true that she is in bed and very tired, Kathryn is resting; in the knowledge that she is eternally secure by the promises of God. She believes God sent His son to die in her place for the sins she could not redeem by her own  merit.  We have had some very good conversations about salvation recently since we are studying Revelations.  That particular book in the Bible speaks of the end of this world as we know it.  By faith she believes that last and final day will dawn, and death will be swallowed up in victory.  Kathryn is resting in a way that goes beyond relief of symptoms; it is resting in the joy of knowing the One Who gave her eternal security on Calvary's cross.

She is a well balanced young woman living her life to the fullest.  She may be able to overcome many more obstacles for many more years, but still, she has one eye on the horizon.  She has found The Cure.  It isn't a secret hidden in a vault, or genetic blip yet to be discovered.  It is in the pages of her Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  It is the redemption plan for all diseased humans.  That is the cure that has made her more alive than ever.  It has enabled her let go of the trappings of this world to embrace the amazing life to come.  The cure is written in John 3:16, and is there for all of the broken and broken-hearted.

No matter which disease is diagnosed, or which miracle cure is found, the end result for all of us in this life is the grave.  No matter how healthy we are in this moment, no one escapes their "final" day.  For those who put their hope and trust in God through the saving grace of Jesus, the final day on earth is just the beginning of joy everlasting. There is such simplicity in the way we are invited to receive eternal security.  We need only to acknowledge that we are sinners and we can not save ourselves.  Then we can picture Jesus holding out His nail-scarred hands saying, "Come unto me, all ye who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.  By taking His hand, and accepting the invitation to believe Him, He has shown us how to let go of this life.  As the sun goes down and Sabbath begins, we are reminded that Sabbath is a day of rest, offered to mankind in Genesis, and is a foreshadow of eternal rest, which begins when we are at peace with God.  Rest, sweet Kathryn!

I, even I, I Am the Lord, and apart from me there is no savior.
 Isaiah 43:11

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