This week a good friend transitioned from the perishable to the imperishable. My youngest prayed that she would: “have a great first day with Jesus.” I know she did.
As I mourn her death, this excerpt, adapted from Unexpected Love, reminds me that despite how I feel, this good-bye is not forever..
Good-bye arrives too soon and it tempts me to say it wasn’t enough. I’ll never be ready. I’ll never be ready to let go, but I must because God sheathed immortal souls in temporal flesh and earthen vessels.
He gives us just enough.
We have just enough time to embrace our Creator. We have just enough opportunity to glorify him. We have just enough love. We have just enough laughter. We have just enough.
She inhaled the temporary and exhaled eternity. She is with her Lord.
Now, we must remember the Lord. He is the perfect Father who never leaves. He will guide us, counsel us, and love us until all our written days transpire. He is the only constant in this changing world. Through good and bad, hard and easy, joys and sorrows, we must turn to him and believe.
We have just enough time to believe that he is more than enough for all time.
Yes, I grieve her death. But I also celebrate her arrival in the place where she now shares in the resurrection of Jesus. This truth means that all who believe in Jesus and fully surrender to him will one day join her in worshiping our King for eternity. Because of that truth, this isn’t good-bye; it’s until then.
Until then, my sweet friend, I will miss you.