The Bible tells us t “Boast not of tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day may bring forth.” How true that is.
I was in prayer meeting at our church Thursday night (7/7/12) when we heard the fire trucks go by. As usual, we’ll throw in a couple of extra prayers for “those who may be involved in the accident, or fire, or whatever it is that the rescue workers are going to.” Little did I know that the “victim” in this car crash was my sister and it was already too late to pray. The impact with the tractor and trailer she hit reportedly took her life immediately – no second chances.
By the time I was notified, prayer meeting was over and I had a number of people in the sanctuary for a wedding rehersal. Just after praying for God to bless the rehersal, my wife entered the back door of the church and said she needed to see me for a moment. Needless to say, the news was not expected. We have a brother in the nursing home who has dealt with terminal cancer for some time now. Latest word, he most likely won’t make it thru the weekend. So we expected a possible funeral this week for my brother, but we sure didn’t expect to be having one for my sister.
How do we get through it? “His Grace Is Sufficient.” You get up in the morning and you put one foot in front of the other and trust that God has turned the sand into a rock for us to stand on. We grab hold of his hand, we feel his tug and we allow ourselves to be lifted out of the pit that life seemingly tried to swallow us up in.
We look for positive things to focus on. We try not to dwell on the details of what happened” and try to focus on the things that will no longer have to happen because she is now home with Jesus. She’ll not have to get up in the middle of the night with the pain she has dealt with for so long. She will not have to worry about another electric bill or wonder where the next meal is coming from.
She’ll no longer cry over worrying about her children or have to miss church because her body just wouldn’t let her get up and go most times. Sometimes, you may have to look to see God’s grace, but I assure you it’s there. As I said to my wife, “God sure is merciful.” Heaven is much sweeter than what she had here. For some reason, my sister never had a whole lot in this life – some she brought on herself by bad decisions, some brought on by others and still some, just like in this case, that she never asked for and didn’t deserve.
But we know our sister and believe wholeheartedly that even with all the mistakes and problems she lived through, she talked to God often. As I have heard her say before, “I couldn’t do what I have to do without Him.:” Apparently her worn-out body took quite a beating from the wreck. (That’s a bad part of this). But, according to sources, she died on impact so she didn’t suffer. In a split second, her appointment with death was decided and carried out. God didn’t ask any of us if it would be ok, He just knew it was her time. She walked out the door to run to Food Lion to get bread for supper, not thinking for one minute that she wouldn’t be returning home. After all, what’s going to happen between Heidi Cooper Road and the grocery store? But her number came up, God called her name and she answered.
In order to step from this life into eternity, the Bible says this mortal body must put on immortality, and this corrupt body must put on incorruption. Said! Done! Finished! And we, as a family say thanks be to Jesus for his unending grace that is always sufficient.
An early thank you so much to all who have called, send their condolences and such. You are the Aarons and the Hurs who help to hold our hands up that we might win the battle. Your kindness, prayers and concerns are not taken for granted and they do not go unnoticed.
As for my brother, when his number is called, we’ll do this again. For right now, we will focus on saying farewell to our sister and simply say, “We’ll see you soon, Sis.”