“Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die,
but they will be raised to live forever.
Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory.
They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.
They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies.
For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.”
1 Corinthians 15:42-44
Amen to that.
As I was considering the unwelcomed emotions associated with the passing of a loved one, I pondered a few things that I wonder if you have ever stood looking and reflecting upon. First off, I am nothing but honored to be able to walk through this passing life with you even if it is only for a fraction of our time. Secondly, our impact on this planet is way too short, isn’t it? Would you humor me as I quote a line from my favorite movie? Frodo is lamenting to Gandolf about how he wished a difficult task had not come to him and how he desired to return to an easier life. In wisdom Gandalf informed Frodo, “so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings) DIVAs, life is much too hard and way too short. When life gets challenging it is not prudent to look back longing for an easier life or wishing you did not have the circumstances you have been assigned but instead to forge ahead, making the most of the time you have been entrusted with.
Living a life that impacts others positively for the cause of Christ is the best use of your energy and resources. What are you doing with the time that has been entrusted to you? Do you long for an easy life or are you making the most of the days (even the most strenuous seasons) God has placed before you so that you have no real regrets?
Boldly Love those you have been entrusted with and recall with fondness those who have slipped from your gaze. I pray these verses will comfort you when your heart needs it most.
“And the day you die is better than the day you are born.” Ecclesiastes 7:1
“Yes, we are fully confident, and we would rather be away from these earthly bodies, for then we will be at home with the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 5:8
“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come.” Isaiah 57:1
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” John 11:25
In His grace,