Tuesday, July 19, 2016
when Jesus meets you
He says that we have to die to ourselves... in order to find the selves that He has for us. That everything in our lives needs to die and be reborn. Which is another way of saying that we need for Him to redeem our entire lives.
On a personal note, one of my best friends passed away this morning. It was very difficult to hear this news, and I was in pain and felt depressed after hearing about it. I went to church, needing very much to meet with Jesus. And He met me there.
Jesus reminded me how amazing God is. He reminded me how much I can trust Him with everything. Even this. Even my friend's ultimate journey. Even my pain, my sorrow, my grief. He will take all of it, and He will redeem it. And He will make all things good.
For my dear friend, she is meeting Jesus face to face now. Her pain is over, her deepest joy begins. I will miss her dearly, but I'm so glad that her suffering is done.
In light of her departure, I needed to meet Him, too, if only through a glass, darkly. And He didn't disappoint.
He never disappoints, if we trust Him and wait for His perfect timing.
God, thank You for bringing my dear friend gently home. And thank You for meeting me when I desperately needed You.