Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A time to weep....

I knew it when I woke up this morning at 5:15 and read my Jesus Calling devotional.

Here are the first few sentences...

"I want you to learn a new habit. Try saying, "I trust You, Jesus" in response to whatever happens to you. If there is time, thing about who I am in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.

This simple practice will help you see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from My perspective--through the Light of My universal Presence--fear loses its grip on you."

I knew He was preparing me. Preparing us for the news.

We lost a friend today. No, let me rephrase, we didn't lose him, we know where he is.

He is sitting next to Jesus. Wearing his new attire, and glowing so bright that it would hurt our eyes to see him.

He is healed. Completely.

Our prayers were answered.

We prayed for healing...God gave David the ultimate medicine to heal.


I am sitting in my bed, coffee to the left, computer on my lap, and bible to the right of  me.

When I heard the news this morning, I was headed to spin class.

My thoughts were jumbled, my mind was racing with anxious thoughts for David's family.

I just kept saying, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus."

I am still saying that.

I don't know what else to say.  Perhaps that is the only thing to say.

I trust you, Jesus.

My Hope is in the Lord.

I envision David looking down from Heaven and seeing the final masterpiece of his life complete. Jesus is showing him the pieces of the puzzle that we don't see. I envision David smiling and laughing and nodding his head as he sees the purpose in all of this.

We will see it one day too.

We will see our brother in Christ again. Sooner than we can even imagine.

God brings us strength through death. We learn things that we could not have been taught otherwise.

Death brings the reality of our earthly mortality. However, it also brings the truth of our Eternal Home.

I will choose to continue trusting Jesus.

He is the only way.

This verse gave me comfort when thinking of David's widow, Lisa. At 37, she bears the burden of raising 2 children without her superman.

" He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; He gently leads those that have young. " Isaiah 40:11

This was the verse in my devotional this morning.

If this doesn't show us that He is all sovereign and in control...I don't know what does. He gave this to us.

His words.

He is tending his flock. Of this we can be sure.

trusting you Jesus,



Angie Russell said...

Wow Jill well said doll!! Just as your mother told you, your gift is your writing! So please take that and keep spreading The Word His Word! Because of you, I am one step closer to Him! Love you Jill, my friend!!

tablerbunch said...

Beautifully written!

Jamie said...

I'm so sorry to hear this news. Wil be praying for friends and family

Anonymous said...

Matthew 5:4 "Blessed are those who mourn,for they shall be comforted." David's light is left as a seed of the salvation he received and it will be a seed passed on to his children and grandchildren, as they are to find comfort in his faith. Lots of prayers and thoughts for every person that has been touched by this young man, David and his family.

mEg said...

Beautiful Jill, and still so sad. My favorite priest told me once when I I was in great tribulation: "When God conceals His purposes, fall back on His promises." I think that fits for you and your friend's family today and this year, no?