No matter how old or young people are, we are all affected by the mystery and pain of death. For me personally, I am still trying to get my head around it and I find it a massive challenge when someone I know dies. My mom and I often have conversations about death, religion and how everything fits together. She read me the most beautiful story, and I am going to share that story with you:
In a tiny pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a very simple life in the pond with not many worries. Every so often, one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and disappear forever. They knew when this happened that their friend would die and never come back to the little community and it made them sad.
One day, one of the little water beetles felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. He was however determined that he would not be gone forever and promised his friends that he would come back and tell them all what he found. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water on to the lily pad, he was exhausted, and the sun was so warm he relaxed and took a little nap. When he woke up his body changed and he had turned in to a beautiful red-tailed dragonfly with clear wings and a slender body designed for flying.
So, to the air he took! Flying free, swooping and diving, and as he soared he saw a whole new world of beauty. He remembered his beetle friends and how they must by now think he was dead. He remembered the promise he had made to return, but try as he may, his slick body couldn’t penetrate the water, he just kept bouncing off the water of the pond.
He wanted to go back and tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before, his life had been fulfilled, rather than ended. He found himself sitting on the lily pad looking down at his friends, and see them looking up at him but not recognising him at all.
Finally he understood that their time would also come, when they too would climb out of the pond and grow their wings. There was more to life just being a water beetle, and now he knew why none of his friends had come back. So he flapped his wings and flew off to enjoy his beautiful new life!
You see, sometimes we think that we know how life works and we think that we have it all figured out, when actually there is a way bigger life waiting for us all.