Last week I saw one of the most unusual rapid successions of events that I have ever witnessed in my life. My friend and I were driving in Berrien Springs when he abruptly slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a cute little baby bunny hopping across the road. As the bunny struggled to climb over the curb to safety, out of nowhere, a hawk swooped down right in front of us and snatched up the bunny. We drove behind the hawk for a couple seconds as it thrashed its wings to fly higher and the innocent little bunny squirmed in the tight grip of its talons. Suddenly the hawk darted to the left, where a fox dashed out of the bushes and began chasing the hawk. Fleeing for its life, the hawk dropped its prey and flew off. My friend immediately parked the car by the side of the road, and we ran over and chased off the fox to try to rescue the poor bunny. As we approached, the bunny heaved its last breath. It was dead.
Surely the death of innocent little bunnies wasn’t part of God’s original plan. God created life, not death. Sin has stepped between us and God’s original ideal. Ever since Adam and Eve ate the fruit, death has become closely associated with life. We experience the reality that everything that lives will at some point die, whether it is a beautiful flower, beloved pet, or cherished person. Many of us have tearfully lost dear friends, family members, and loved ones.
We have something better to look forward to. God has promised us a “new heaven” and “new earth” where He will restore life without death. We will live together with God, the source of life, and never again see death. “God will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
This painful world is not our final destination. Let’s keep our eyes focused on the promise of heaven and eternal life with our loving Creator. Welcome to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a church of refuge and life,
Pastor Dustin Serns (now studying at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University)