Life is short
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Whereas ye know not what [shall be] on the morrow. For what [is] your life? It is even a vapour that appeared for a little time, and then vanisheth away. -James 4: 14
I received this SMS from a business contact whom I have met many years ago.
“Hi Doc this is Jane Tan (not real name) in shanghai. Do you have anyone neurologist to recommend at SGH? My elder brother aged 45 years old has just had a stroke this afternoon. According to the Dr, 2 of his vessels burst and they are clearing the blood from his brain cavity and then do an angiogram. Can you recommend anyone good to help him at SGH? His name is Tan _ _. Thanks for your help. “
This message came as a surprise to me because I hardly know Jane. We must have met many years ago. I guessed she was desperate and had no one to turn to since she is based in Shanghai.
This morning I received another SMS at 8am. Jane has taken an overnight flight back from Shanghai and is now in the surgical ICU at SGH. I was moved to visit her brother and decided to make a trip to SGH (Singapore General Hospital) in the afternoon.
I finally got to the ICU after clearing all the H1N1 registration and temperature checking processes and met up with Jane Tan. She accompanied me to see her brother who is now in a coma and is being sustained by ventilators.
Jane appeared tired after the overnight flight. She told me that her brother works as an operation manager in a restaurant. He was working in his office when he suddenly collapsed and threw a fit and went into a coma.
She told me sadly that the surgeon has pronounced him to be officially brain dead. He left behind 3 children and a wife who is a housewife.
How true it is when the bible says that life is like a vapor?
For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. – 1 Peter 24-25
We are indeed like grass and all that we ever achieved on this earth is like the flower. We age and withered away like the grass. The grass could also be removed suddenly by a strong gush of wind or a grazing animal.
We could be rich, power and famous. But what is there to glory? The flower stands tall and beautiful but it will soon vanish away. The flower will soon be blown away by a sudden gush of strong wind.
What I see now is just a vegetative body being sustained by machines. On the one moment he was alive and now he is brain dead. Where is he now? Is that all there is to life?
Surely there is more to it to life? Where do we go after we die? Where do all the dead people go?
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; – Titus 1:2
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16