Wednesday, June 6, 2012

When Your Time is Up, Its Up


Following the Victoria station bomb blast in the UK in July 2005, one old lady-witness who was interviewed about the incident said those golden words, and since then, it’s been a mantra for my sis and I.

I don’t know if those words give you comfort. But they give ME comfort hard as it is to believe.

You’ve heard of plane crashes with no survivor? When your time is up, it’s up
You’ve heard of plane crashes with a single survivor – When your time is not up, it’s not up
You’ve heard of men exhumed from the ground 10 days post earthquake – hungry, cold, crying but alive - When your time is not up, it’s not up

We either believe God has ultimate power over life and death or we don’t
We either believe that Christians should embrace death and an eternity with God or we don’t
We either believe that there is an appointed day to die or we don’t
We either believe that on that appointed  day, a fly, a cup of water, bikes, rain, air plane can cause that death or we don’t
We either believe that sinful earth is passing away and Heaven is our ultimate home or we don’t
We either believe that all (money, fame, jobs, spouses, children, phone, car, house) is vanity or we don’t
We either live our life acknowledging that we can be called up at any point in time or we don't 
Be it through natural/negligent/cruel/sophisticated actions of self/others/machines/nature.

I remember coming across this folktale and how it caused shivers to run down my spine; yeah, it supports my theory:

There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions.
In a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said: "Master, just now when I was in the market place I was jostled by a woman in the 'crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture; now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me."
The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went.
  Then the merchant went down to the market place and he saw Death standing in the crowd and he went to Death and said: "Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning?"
"That was not a threatening gesture," Death said, "It was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I had an appointment with him tonight in Samarra."

Does this mean we should not mourn then or berate not the state of affairs of our airlines, the government, our emergency response, our health service, our corruption??? NOOOO.
But ultimately as Christians, we gotta believe the former or we are going to spend a lot of time questioning God.



  1. I agree with you. I just wish my heart and mind will get with the program is all.

  2. I am broken by this news. A friend lost her brother and my prayer partner lost her best friend. I was meant to fly that weekend with Dana. I dont fly anything else locally anymore but Dana. When your time is up, it is up. Some people missed that flight for one reason or the other.

    My consolation is that most of them would have been saved. At least if you are faced with death the next thing is to ask God for mercy and I believe he allowed it happen for a reason. It is well. It is heartbreaking but it is well. I still remember the Sosoliso crash. there were 2 survivors. This too shall pass.

  3. *sigh* Ginger.... the story about the merchant is quite scary, when your time is up, is up indeed. same way when your time for God to locate you for a breakthrough is up, is up. so much tears, so much pain, too many precious life's lost.

    May their precious souls continue to find rest in the bosom of Jehovah.

  4. Hmmmm...May their souls rest in peace!

  5. We're all going to die one day for sure but some deaths are avoidable and I strongly believe in any sane society, that plane would never have been allowed to fly and we probably would not have had to deal with this tragic incident.

    Human life in Nigeria is worth very little because we've allowed money and greed to blind whatever sense of reasoning left in us. It's a shame we've all been conditioned to believe tragedies of this nature are the will of God - I really do not subscribe to that.

    My thoughts and prayers goes to the family of the deceased in these difficult times.

  6. I don't believe that when your time is up, its up.

    I believe that some people die before their time. I also believe that destinies are sometimes cut short.

    Your quote would imply that it was time for those babies that died to go. Life is not black and white like that.

  7. I love u Ginjy, but i don't know if i can agree with you on this one. I believe there's such a thing as untimely premature death. That plane crash? Totally preventable. If it was a brand new plane which crashed and no one could figure out why, then i would say it was their time.

    We are all going to die someday but may we not meet an untimely end due to someone else's negligence.

  8. By human standards, this death was preventable. Like someone pointed out, given all we know now, it may have been prevented. Only if all things were ok and it still happened would it be easy to say yes, it was time. But truth is, God also has the power to have prevented it if He willed so. It's left for us as humans to do everything that we can and not to put other's lives in danger.

    But I think I get your point; some were spared either through missing the flight, deciding not to travel or otherwise. Those who boarded the flight weren't. Well, I don't know why those children had to die young. I don't' know why a whole family had to be wiped out in a crash like that. I don't' know anything, but all I know is that I found comfort in this verse when I lost my dad: Isaiah 57:1-2 'The righteous man perishes, and no one lays it to heart; and merciful and devout men are taken away, with no one considering that the uncompromisingly upright and godly person is taken away from the calamity and evil to come [even through wickedness]. He [in death] enters into peace; they rest in their beds, each one who walks straight and in his uprightness.

  9. I feel pretty much the same way. We go when it's our time and that's between us and the Universe. It's not for others to understand. Now a leaf falls from a single tree without reason.

  10. Apologies but I dont think 'when your time is up, your time is up' because that can serve as an excuse for ineptitude and avoidable accidents.
    Saying that is similar to saying accidents like the plane crash is 'God's will'
    If that is so, we can then say that 'God' approves of the fact that more lives are lost in developing countries - due to accidents - than in developed countries.
    Untimely death is not God's will. If we believe this, we will never work to change our processes.

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  12. I'm just pissed at how many QC gals were on that plane - like seriously! Wish some of them would have missed the flight. Much love and respect to our departed brothers and sisters. Much love for the much they gave, the times we shared, ...

  13. We can only hope they are in a better place. something i have a problem with is questioning God .. like yes God know's why.. and people say God knows best but the truth is.. when we see fire, we don't need to pray to God not to walk into it, we simply stay clear of it. That is why we are blaming the government. If they did their job, this crash would have been evitable. Then again.. when it is time for you to die, it is time for you to die.. but could it have been time for all of them to die at once? what about the slight chance someone survived.. but no one got to them ontime? slim i know but stil..



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