I've believed this...but never really had anything to back me up...until now.
God does not have to give me confirmation of things I feel He's shared with me or taught me...but it's happened more than once. And every time it is amazing to me to know something in my heart...and then receive confirmation in scripture of its Truth.
Today I feel like I've just been hit with a lightning bolt!
The light of Truth breaks through the foggy ideas and
beliefs that surround us and confuse us daily...
“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.”
Isaiah 57:1-2 (NLT)
I have wondered a few times...could Anna's death have been an act of mercy from our Heavenly Father? Was she spared from something or someone? Spared from the pain our world inflicts?
I can't say for sure, that yes...this is why she went to Heaven before we did. But here...here is confirmation from the Word of our Lord that this is
definitely a possibility.
Our hearts ache because we miss her presence with us...
but we do not have to mourn as those who have no hope...
There will be a day...
(click here to hear the song from Jeremy Camp that is soothing me today)
We WILL see her again. And we will dance together on the streets of Heaven...laughing, finally free from the cares of this world.
Until then...we are left with her memory...and we can live out the days we have been given, trusting that one day we will be made new and will be reunited with our loved ones who've gone on before.
There are many who do not have this hope.
They need to know how much our Lord loves them.
Once again I find myself humbled, awestruck, amazed...at the mercy and grace and incredible indescribable love that God has for us.
Words will NEVER be able to express my thankfulness...