At the age of 29, life was going great for Brittany Maynard. She was newly married to the love of her life and living happily in California. Her life was turned upside down in an instant when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Doctors tried everything they could, but sadly it wasn’t enough. They told her there was nothing else to be done. She was going to die. She was devastated and after much thought, decided to take matters in her own hand with assisted suicide. Brittany wanted to die with dignity and feels being surrounded by her loved ones as she passes away in front of them is the best way.
Only three states have legislation supporting assisted suicide, and I personally believe that three is too many. No matter how we phrase it, suicide is an awful way to die. It is not our choice when we die, it’s God’s. “All my days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be,” Psalm 139:16. God has a plan and a purpose for everyone on this earth to be fulfilled and glorified through Him. Many times in life we go through hard situations that seem impossible to overcome, but no matter what life throws at us we need to remember that all our suffering will be worth it one day. “And we know that in ALL things God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28. And most important of all God NEVER leaves us. He cries as we suffer, He smiles when we laugh and stays by our side always. “NEVER will I leave you or forsake you,” Deuteronomy 13:6.
It pains my heart to think that possibly Brittany will die before she gets to know God and sees what He would do with her last days, however many He determines them to be. She had originally scheduled her death for tomorrow but has postponed it for “a better time”. God will be by her side until her last breath, whether she accepts it or not. Please pray for Brittany and her family as they go through this heartbreaking experience.