Sunday, 30 October 2016

Remembering a Friend ...

A close friend died suddenly yesterday.

What do you do with that?  Just three short days earlier my wife and I were enjoying fellowship and a dinner out with her and her husband.

What do you do with that? Cry? Lord knows that I’ve shed my share of tears since hearing the news, as has my wife. Oh God, why?

What do you do with that? We knew she was sick; still it all came as a shock! We prayed and cried out to God on her behalf; still, God sovereignly chose to say, “No,” to our pleas for her healing.

What do you do with that? As the “Name it and Claim it” guru’s teach, blame yourself for not having enough faith to believe in a healing? Can’t go there; sorry. Even Paul had a “thorn in the flesh” that he repeatedly prayed about, and God said, “No, my grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

What do you do with that? Blame God? No, that would be foolish. Blame self? No, that would be equally foolish.

What do you do with that? Know that, despite our pain at her loss, God really does know best? Yes, He does know best. There was no mistake; His timing is always perfect, despite our wishes that it could have been otherwise.

What do you do with that? In this case, praise Him that it happened quickly, and that she essentially simply went to sleep in her husband’s arms as he rushed her to the hospital. Minutes later she was declared dead by ER staff.

What do you do with that? Based upon her strong faith, believe that she woke up in the arms of Jesus, alive, pain-free, with no more tears of sorrow, and basking in the presence of God, to glorify and sing His praises … forever.

Yes, thank you Jesus, for the hope that we have in you. Amen.

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