No matter what, the time we have here on this earth in sin is temporary. More temporary than we realize. We are especially reminded of this in times of death. Whether unexpected or expected, it is again a shock in your bones of how fleeting life really is.
A and I lost one of his best friends last night. We are in shock. I actually grew up with him too and his sisters are close friends of mine. My brother and he were best friends too so it’s been a history with this family and mine. You don’t expect as kids what will happen in your futures. I would never imagine such a tragedy. We have gone through the truths of Jesus again and again last night. We were driving out of town for my husband’s work and all we wanted to be doing was turning around and heading straight to his house. I am so broken.
However, a little while ago, the Lord again brought a renewed truth to my mind and I couldn’t help but document it immediately. I want to remember. He has been so faithful to show me that He is there.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Drew, we will miss you so much. Aaron has been sharing memories of you and he keeps saying that he isn’t sad about death because we know of where you are, but he is so sad of the loss we here left behind feel until we see you again. Until then, we will press on to serve our King, trusting Him through it.