Worries try to invade my head. Concerns about my job, the house, and the bills. I have thoughts about my extended family. I focus so much about my own affairs that I think nobody else could be having the same problems. I limit myself to only my personal dilemmas, that I forget about others’ lives. I get obsessed with my private thoughts. Then, all of a sudden, I hear a bad news about my wife’s friend who may have a terminal illness. My personal affairs, worries, and concerns suddenly become meaningless.
Then I start questioning all of this life. It reminds me of my own mortality. It reminds me of the fact that my life could also end. I think about all the things that I struggle for, my ambitions, and my goals can vanish any moment. Money does not mean anything anymore. It seems that, the only thing that counts is our health. Life can be so fragile sometimes, that I am tempted to think that it truly “stinks”.
But what am I to do? No wonder we tend to rely on the hope that there is an after life. But in the mean time, what do we do? Those who suffer because of terminal illness, like my wife’s friend, need us to simply be present. And then what? There is nothing to say to alleviate the physical and emotional pain. How can you talk to someone about Jesus, God, or simply give them some hope when they just got diagnosed with a devastating illness? “Hey, Jesus loves you”?. “don’t worry, God is going to take care of you”? I am reminded of Job in the Bible, who remained faithful to God in spite of losing almost everything. Can we do the same in today’s world?
I guess this is a test. A big test to see how we would react to a difficult circumstance. To see how much love we can still provide in spite of the loses. Because it is no longer about our individual affairs, but about each other.