I know without a doubt that because Mom & Dad died the way they did, their lives have had an even greater impact. Isn't it ironic? That in death life can be become even more? Yet that is exactly what happened when Jesus died. Because He died we all can have victory over death if we will only accept Him as our Savior.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not putting Mom & Dad up there with Jesus. Not by a long shot. I know some people wonder how a loving God could allow Mom & Dad to die the way they did when they lived the bulk of their lives being obedient to God. God has given me a great peace about how they died. I know He did not desert them. His angels were standing by itching to protect them but were held back by God for a reason. I know that with all my being. (If you haven't had a chance to read my earlier blogs on this look at the ones from August 3rd and 4th - Angels and Show Me)
Tonight I had the pleasure to meet a wonderful young Christian lady, Mia. As we were sharing and getting to know each other a little bit I told her about Mom and Dad. I thought she was going to cry just hearing about them. I shared with her about their funeral and how their deaths impacted so many people. Not just people that had known them but people who had never met them. She was amazed that I could talk to her about them so calmly.
Yes, I have tough days. I have days where the weirdest thing can make me feel as though I'm going to burst into tears or just lose it completely. But most days I am okay. Many days I am fantastic. Many times I lose myself in worshiping God. Yes, the same God who could have saved my parents that rain-drenched April morning but didn't. I love Him and trust Him. I know He is in control.
John 6:35-40 (The Message)
Jesus said, "I am
the Bread of Life. The person who aligns with me hungers no more and
thirsts no more, ever. I have told you this explicitly because even
though you have seen me in action, you don't really believe me. Every
person the Father gives me eventually comes running to me. And once that
person is with me, I hold on and don't let go. I came down from heaven
not to follow my own whim but to accomplish the will of the One who sent
in a nutshell, is that will: that everything handed over to me by the
Father be completed—not a single detail missed—and at the wrap-up of
time I have everything and everyone put together, upright and whole.
This is what my Father wants: that anyone who sees the Son and trusts
who he is and what he does and then aligns with him will enter real
life, eternal life. My part is to put them on their feet alive and whole
at the completion of time."
Romans 10:11-13 (The Message)
Scripture reassures us, "No one who trusts God like this—heart and
soul—will ever regret it." It's exactly the same no matter what a
person's religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting
the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help.
"Everyone who calls, 'Help, God!' gets help."