My last four weeks would have fallen into the category of blindsided, out of nowhere, life changing event category. My post title of Expiry Dates was chosen for a couple of reasons. First of all I have learned over the last few few years to be more aware of expiry dates on food products. One of our daughters is a food scientist and has definitely changed how I look at items and their shelf life. Then I thought about how this applies to other dimensions of our life. The other reason I chose this title is that my life was altered significantly over the last four weeks that would have indicated an unforseen "expiry date" for my own life.
No one knows when their own expiry date may take place, only the Father knows when and how it will happen. We are not given the inside scoop when the final breath will be taken or how it will take place. As one who believes in the gift of eternal life, that moment does not place fear in my life but instead is left with someone who I know loves me deeply.... my Father.
Four weeks ago I walked into an ER department with the mother of all headaches. It gripped the back of skull and drove my bp sky high and left me unbalanced and nauseated. Came from the unknown and blindsided me one Monday morning. After much debate and scans amongst the physicians, it was shared that I had a mass in the occipital region of my brain that was one of three types of tumor : benign, primary cancer, or a secondary cancer. I liked the sound of what was behind door number one! As the week unfolded my physical symptoms manifested in greater loss of balance, speech, motor skills, cognitive processing etc. and the reality of this thing growing in my head made me realize that my expiry date could be sooner than later. You see brain cancer does not offer many positive options, and benign tumors would be a much better prognosis. The choice was not mine to make , it was planned well before I was born and how I would navigate through this would change my life.
I will attach the story of my journey for you. What I want to ask you is if your expiry date were to hit you in a blindsided way, how would you react? We all need time to process our emotions and what that implies - but how peaceful would you be?
Perhaps it is time to take inventory of your expiry date and how it will affect your time in the present. Like I said early it could be today, tomorrow or 40 years from now. We don't get to choose, but once again if given the opportunity how would you respond to the known closeness of the date?
Many years ago I surrendered my life to Christ as a young child with no idea how life would unfold. The childlike faith has been enough to take me deeper in my relationship with the Father. It has opened doors to know the Father's love for me, It is immeasurable and vast and deep and so amazing!
Read my story and I hope that you wll be touched by the Father's love for you!