It is after 9:00 p.m., the nurses are going to get my mom situated in her bed for the night. So I thought I would roam the halls of the hospice for some blog material. I was not disappointed.
Each room I passed had someone laying in the bed resting, most were twisted in their bed, looking not comfortable at all, some with mouths open, others looking to be content in their surroundings but not seeming settled in their long range plans.
Then I went past a room with William Hall beside the door. William Hall? If the same one, I had heard his name just two days ago as Brady Howard was telling me what a delight he was. And a lot of fun for an eighty-five year old man who is dying.
I knew this was my moment for the night. Enterting into his room I introduced myself and told him we were members of the same church though we had not met. And I told him I had heard many great things about him from Brady. He liked that.
We chatted for a moment and then I asked him, “Mr. Hall, how are you doing tonight?” You know what his reply was? “I’m fine.” Thats like something my mom would say. I started physically chuckling. I was thinking, “Sir, you have missed something here. You are eighty five years old, you have tubes in you, you are currently a resident in a hospice facility, and you say you’re fine.”
The Bible has multiple examples of perspective. The Hebrew spies see the same events, two says we can, ten say we can’t. Job loses everything including his family all in one big catastrophic event, his wife says “curse God and die”, Job says, ” Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Joseph is sold by his brothers into slavery and imprisoned for many years before ruling the entire country. In the same event the brothers intended evil, God through Joseph intended it for good. Jesus dies on a cross, some say it’s over, some say it’s just beginning.
T.J. Brand, a great thinker and future author in his own right, texted me this quote not having any idea as to the prevailing thought for this entry. “He who knows not and knows not he knows not he is a fool – shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not he is simple – teach him.” Isabel Burton
Shun one…teach the other.
“The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.” James 1:9-10
What? He who is low is high and he who is high is low?
The first shall be last and the last shall be first.
It’s like Alice in Wonderland.
The Kingdom of God is built on perspective. The same event can cause totally different outcomes to separate individuals depending upon their perspective.
Several years ago, I read a story about perspective. At the time Donald Trump was over one billion dollars in debt. One billion dollars. He was eating lunch in a restaurant where every item on the menu was very expensive. A young man recognizing Donald Trump approached him and said, “Mr. Trump, you are over one billion dollars in debt, why would you choose to eat in such an expensive restaurant?” Donald Trump looked at him and said, “Son, when you are one billion dollars in debt, eating a tuna sandwich is not going to make much of a difference.”
So maybe…hold on…no…yes…maybe Mr. Hall IS doing just fine.
It’s all about perspective…I guess.