Devotion #1: Life, Death, and Resurrection

I’d never given much thought to how I would die—-though I’d had reason enough in the last few months—-but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.

I stared without breathing across the long room, into the dark eyes of the hunter, and he looked pleasantly back at me.

Surely it was a good way to die, in the place of someone else, someone I loved. Noble, even. That ought to count for something.

I knew that if I’d never gone to Forks, I wouldn’t be facing death now. But, terrified as I was, I couldn’t bring myself to regret the decision. When life offers you a dream so far beyond any of your expectations, it’s not reasonable to grieve when it comes to an end.

The hunter smiled in a friendly way as he sauntered forward to kill me.
Twilight: Preface

No doubt, a punchy way to begin a novel. Readers of the series know this is from the climactic portion of the novel, but spiritually what does it say?

In Christianity, everything seems to come back to three things: life, death, and resurrection  (redemption). The choices we make and don’t make lead us to cycles and seasons of all three. Bella Swan’s decision led her face-to-face with death.
The statement that “death is just another part of life” is more than just about end-of-life events; it’s about dying to self so that we can enter the new phase of redemption & resurrection.

When examined symbolically, Bella is absolutely right not to fear this confrontation. She realizes that to avoid this moment would have meant missing Edward, her Father, and all the other loves in her recent existence. But more importantly, it would cause her to miss her future.

My take-away is that while we need to take care with our decisions, ultimately, our responsibility is to be yielded fully to the Lord. It’s His prerogative to submit us to these seasons of death and rebirth. We truly have no reason to fear its staring black eyes when we see it come our way. It’s just one more event that brings us closer to our ultimate goal: oneness with Christ.

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~ by sarahthebaker on November 11, 2009.

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