I get a bad rap. People don’t like me. They almost always fear me. I think it’s because they don’t understand me.
Don’t be led astray, most people have good reason for fear seeing as where they’ll be headed for all eternity after our initial meet and greet. The foolish blokes have got a free pass ticket if they’d only choose it, but the prideful bunch seem to reject reason. Their dread can certainly be warranted, oh yes indeedy.
I’m here to set the record straight.
Oh, pardon my rudeness, I am Death. Lovely to make your acquaintance. We’ll meet again, I’m sure.
My apologies, I’ve a terribly morbid sense of humor. You understand.
Back to the task at hand: some have characterized me with this scythe and black hooded cape nonsense, but that’s all blather. I am simply a passing from one life into the next. From your infinitesimally small mortal lives into your eternal ones. To personify me is really quite silly, but human minds can only comprehend a certain breadth of complexity, and I am afraid I’m beyond capability. Since humans were not originally created to face me, I am not within their grasp to fully define and probe. I am an enigma, a quandary, a conundrum, a true mystery.
In fact, if I were to have chosen a name for myself I would not have chosen such an unimaginative one. Death. Tedious and dull, yes. From now on, I would prefer The Great Quandary. Delightful!
Now where were we? Ah, setting the record straight. For those humans who’ve chosen to walk that narrow path, for those who have no reason to fear me, there are two lessons that only I, The Great Quandary (oh, it flows so gracefully, yes, yes, yes), can imbibe.
Two Great Lessons, directly from The Great Quandary itself!
Great Lesson Number One:
My assistance of your loved one into their life beyond fills you with grief. I’ve observed the wailing, the tears, the sunken spirits. And now that I’ve been personified for this brief period I can begin to grasp the feelings behind the reactions. An understandable and expected emotional outcome, to be sure.
What comes next is the lovely part: you now have a soul, a piece of your heart (your inaccurate phrase, not mine) so to say, in a place that you can eventually be. And that soul that holds your heart-shard is somewhere truly glorious. Somewhere I am not allowed. Somewhere perfected in beauty and joy and all things Life. This Eternal Paradise is now something real to you, something you yearn for. In yesteryears, before I hearkened your doorstep, Eternal Paradise was but a notion to be concerned with sometime later in life. Not anymore! Now your perspective has been changed from an earthly here-and-now perspective to one centered in your eternal future. According to your narrow-road Story, I have done you a great favor.
And to be clear, Life and I are not on speaking terms. Everyone adores Life. It’s sickening…without me, you humans wouldn’t even know to appreciate Life!
Which leads me to my next Great Lesson.
Great Lesson Number Two:
Not only do I open your eyes to your own mortality and give you a longing for The Things Unseen (this is all recorded in your Creation and Redemption Story – of which I seem to be the tool of the villain; what dreadful luck I have), but I also inspire you to appreciate what you still have in your pre-Life life.
You see how much Life owes me?? Without me, it would amount to an expected outcome, and expected outcomes are NEVER appreciated by your kind. No, no, no, not ever. Life would be nothing without me to pave its path to success.
Ahem. Inspiration. I’m an inspiration for you to love more deeply, give more freely, live more fully. I push you or I break you, depending upon the condition of your spirit. And if you’re a narrow-roader, there’s beauty in the growing and the fixing. I, The Great Quandary accomplish this! Well, I’m the catalyst at least.
So before you go throwing stones in my direction, take another look at what The Great Quandary can do for you. I’m not essential to your story, but now that I’m here you’d best find a way to appreciate all of the good I do for your soul.
You’re quite, quite welcome. A standing ovation truly isn’t necessary. I’m blushing, really, please stop.
This personification bit really puffs one up. Dreadful. Best of luck to you, friend.
A.K.A. The Great Quandary
It really does have a pretty ring to it, yes?