Have you recently lost a loved one? Isn’t it a terrible experience? It’s a feeling of powerlessness. It’s a feeling of shock and confusion. It’s a feeling of frustration and anger. We feel things that we’ve never felt before.
Many of us shut down. We fall to our knees saying to ourself in a grieving voice, ‘it hurts so much’. This pain is much worse than any injury we might have experienced before. It is a deep pain that penetrates the heart to a point that neither vernacular nor scholarly words can describe.
Our tears flow down because our loved ones that have passed have left our company. Receive God’s peace by knowing that they are in God’s company.
2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
We can no longer hear what they have to say. But let us wonder the conversations they are having with our Lord Jesus.
Luke 23:43 ESV – And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”
We can no longer receive a warm embrace from them. But let us wonder the degree of warmth they are receiving from Jesus Christ.
Matthew 11:28 NLT – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
We can no longer hear their laughter. But let us wonder the splendorous sounds they are hearing in heaven.
I often wonder why my close friend Josh passed so suddenly… He left behind a beautiful family and an incredible ministry that touched thousands of lives. Why did it have to happen…? Isn’t that a question we all ask ourselves? A question only 3 letters long that can never truly be answered to full satisfaction. Why? Once when I was but a boy, my family was out visiting someone. We were there so long that I eventually fell asleep. But when I woke up, I discovered I had arrived home. Instead of wondering how and why I got back home, I just happily accepted my sudden surroundings because it was home…
I’m sure that when Josh suddenly arrived in heaven, he wasn’t confused about why he was there. I bet he didn’t even ask, “why”. Because after all, he arrived Home.