Thursday, May 2, 2013


My mother-in-law seems not to have gotten the memo that she was about to take her last breath two days ago. She is still hanging in there, and even sipped a little water. Arvo spent the whole day with her. I asked if she said any coherent words.
"Not in English," he said.
She did apparently say a German word that meant, "Switch".
Hmmm. Switch? What did she want to switch?

I know if I could switch anything, I would switch Adam and Eve's decision to take a bite of that cursed apple. Instead of spending countless eons and heartache separated from God, the human race would be basking in His glory without fear, pain, or death. So much consequence hinges on such seemingly small choices.

My dentist appointment was 'switched' yesterday morning. I was supposed to have the tooth on the other side of my bottom jaw refilled and crowned, but when I walked in, the dentist asked me how the tooth he'd worked on last week was doing.
"Ok," I told him, "But it still hurts to chew."
Given that, my wonderful dentist told me we should hold off on the other tooth or I wouldn't be able to eat without pain. So he switched my appointment to next month, even though that left him with a non-money making hole in his morning. But I doubt Mom K knew about that happy-dance switch.

Switch? Switch from mortal to immortal, life to death, death to eternal life...or maybe just switch the light off so she could sleep? Hard to know exactly what she meant with just that one word to go by.

The Bible was no help. "Switch" is not in the Bible. However, 'change' is, and change is a lot like switch. The Bible tells us that while most of us will die, Jesus will come again, and those who are still alive will not die, but will be caught up with Him in the air, and presumably, borne straight to Heaven. And while those lucky few won't die, they, as we, will all be switched (changed). The older, and more feeble, and more pain riddled we become, the more we long with anticipation, and even joy, for that day. Perhaps that is why Mom K said, "Switch."

Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, (1 Corinthians 15:51 NASB)

-save a dog-

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