I’d like to share with you a piece of my last two weeks. It has been life much different than usual; yet all the same in the love, favor, and mercies of God. There is nothing new under the sun; yet God is always about a new thing.
Today, I attended the memorial of a man I only had the pleasure of meeting once. I didn’t know him as a friend, but his life-partner of over three decades is a friend of mine; a sister in the Lord.
The passing of a loved one is difficult. NO ONE should go through this time without having others alongside them. Gratefully, even with grieving, sorrow, and pain, there is great rejoicing and God is glorified.
The intersecting of lives is not one we plan or predict; it is God ordained, for and by His plans and His purposes. Because the Lord wove my life into that with my friend, I have been blessed to see, hear, and witness amazing acts of love. I see a value in this man’s end of life story and hope you will allow yourself to delight in it with me.
The man had been recuperating for several weeks in a care facility after a surgery; later transferred back to the hospital. He had had no relationship with Jesus. He had knowledge of who He was, but no desire to follow.
Hours before his death, two unknown men visited the man in his hospital room. There was a sign restricting visitors on his door. No one else saw the two men. No one knew the two men. No one has come forward to identify themselves as the two men. They prayed with him and left.
Before the man took his last breath, he spoke of the two men to some relatives; he counted their prayer.
It was at this time the man dying spoke his desire to follow Jesus.
The man’s heart softened; he spoke apologizes, said good byes and went into the arms of Jesus with his last breath. A tear slide down from one eye as he looked up towards heaven. His face had taken on a softness; a remarkable reversal of age appeared. Restoration in the last moments between life and life MORE abundant.
Yes, there was grieving, but there was also rejoicing of angels, relatives, friends, and those who only crossed the man’s path briefly. And then there was Jesus, rejoicing in one more prodigal coming home.
At the Memorial today, my heart ached for the ones who might wait; wait to acknowledge Jesus; wait to walk out their divine story; wait for the restoration; wait to acknowledge and receive the full intentions of the love of the Father…wait to encounter the goodness of the Lord; wait…and wait…and wait…for what?
The Gospel of Jesus Christ REALLY is GOOD NEWS! Jesus loves us; not just those who think they are all prettied up neat and clean. Jesus is Savior, Healer, Provider, Faithful, and Sovereign. He knows the end from the beginning, and loves us just the same. He knows all that you have done and has made a way for you to enter into His grace and mercy, just as you are RIGHT NOW. Jesus is more than enough! He is capable. He is able. HE IS LOVE! Don’t miss out on life abundant NOW, as you wait…