I’m in the midst of both rejoicing & mourning.
My daughter is due with her third child very very soon.
My wonderful uncle, just 6 years older than myself, has just passed on into eternity.
His life speaks to me in a very special way.
He suffered physically and there is no easier way to say that.
He had leukemia for about 17 years. In his last weeks we found out he also had colon cancer. He had diabetes and that in itself did massive damage to his body.
During one of his many surgeries, his kidneys shut down and he was on dialysis every other day for a very long time. This is difficult for anyone, but to someone who was always on the go and always traveling…devastating. This is just the basics…not the details of all that he endured physically.
When part of his leg was amputated due to the diabetes he said two things to me.
The first was “I must have done something really terrible in my life to deserve this” and second “Is it okay to be angry with God?”
We had many talks through the years about God the Father, Jesus the Son, The Holy Spirit and Faith.
His first statement was very easy to address.
In the New Testament we meet a blind man who Jesus heals. The disciples want to know who sinned this man or his parents that resulted in this man being born blind. Jesus answer was “neither this man nor his parents sinned…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”
We need to remember God’s character. He is not sitting in heaven and waiting for us to mess up so that He can punish us. Far be it…
In fact He sent His Son to die in our place so that we would not have to be punished and instead live forever with our Heavenly Father.
My Uncle’s second question melts my heart.
Is it okay to be angry with God?
My answer was, “It is okay to be real with God.”
He knows our thoughts before we even speak them.
There are so many examples in the Bible of people who didn’t understand their situation and became frustrated in their lives.
Peter, after walking closely with Jesus for 3 years, denied Christ out of fear and confusion. God not only forgave him, but also used him in miraculous ways.
Paul persecuted Christians, but then became a believer himself and God used him to write most of the New Testament!
Joseph was sold by his own brothers, but later he tells them: “what you meant for harm, God meant for good.”
A few months ago, I asked my uncle if he was still angry with God.
He said “not as intensely as he was before”.
He felt confused as to why all of this had come his way.
He felt sad that he most likely would be leaving his wife, children, and very young grandchildren way before he felt ready.
And yet…we talked and my husband shared Scripture with him and told him that he could be sure of his next steps…and what happens in the afterlife.
He read to him from:
1 John 5
Romans 5:8, 10:9-10
2 Corinthians 5:21
John 1:12, 3:16-18
My Uncle prayed that day and asked forgiveness from our Heavenly Father.
He asked Jesus to be His Savior.
So…though I mourn his loss and know that he will be missed by all of the family and friends whose lives he was a part of…
I can also rejoice, because He belonged to Jesus.
He now has a new body and the confusion has lifted.
He understands fully, as I will someday.
My fourth grandchild is to be born very soon.
I await the call and will jump into action to be the caretaker of his two older brothers and then his mommy as well until her strength returns.
What awaits his life?
I don’t know. I certainly pray good things.
I know we will teach him about the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He will sin…and be in need of this amazing Savior.
He will have times of frustration and difficulties as we all do. That is part of life.
Life comes full circle for us all.
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die…”
But today and everyday…my prayer will be
Lord…Glorify Yourself…be displayed in me and those in my family
Lord…what the world means for harm…turn it for good Lord (as you did with Joseph)
And use us along the way.
This earthly life is a gift…let us rejoice in it
And use it to Glorify our Maker,
And when this earthly life ends…
May we hold onto the verses that my husband shared with my Uncle
And know that we know that we know
We will be together again.
Today’s blog is dedicated to both my wonderful Uncle Joe
And my grandson, soon to be born…Titus
Glorify Yourself Lord
Shine in a Mighty Way
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