This past weekend we laid my mother in law to rest. The funeral was such a celebration of her life and I am thankful for friends and family who came together to celebrate her. I can smile again thinking about her life and knowing that she has found a new home in heaven. Last week I was mourning while watching the slow and painful stages of death. My heart was broken as I watched her through nine long days and I longed for her to find peace with her Father in heaven. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” Romans 8:18. I could only ask each day over and over -Why is she hanging on? Others around us asked the same question or Who was she waiting on? I am not sure and we may never know, but a friend did share that God would not take her home until her purpose was complete. “Since his days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass,” Job 14:5. We may not know her final purpose yet, but I do believe there was a purpose in the last nine days of her life. May God’s Will Be Done.
Party in Heaven
Last week I could only mourn her end and how heart wrenching it was to watch, but now I can celebrate her life and knowing that she is “partying” in heaven. (We told her everyday that she was going to be late for her party). I know that at her party she now is new and alive. “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,” John 11:25. Her frail and worn body has been replaced with a heavenly body promised by God in 1 Corinthians 15:54, ” When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
Scripture brings so many promises to believers of what God has done, is doing, and will do. God provide the perfect sacrifice in his son Jesus Christ, so that through death we now can find life. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16. While we walk through this earthly life longing for our home in heaven, God is preparing a place for us in his house. John 14:1-3 provides us with this promise, “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” So I walk now more confident in my future and in the promises God has made because I have victory in Jesus – ““O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57. Death has no hold on me anymore because Christ conquered Death. I fear not. “And the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.” Revelations 1:18.
Closing Verse: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4.
Challenge: Walk each day in the faith that this earthly world is not your home.