It’s Just Geography…

A week ago, I met a wonderful woman with an incredible testimony… but to most, it will not appear good, but rather… tragic.  Having suffered the loss of most of her family, she would pray every day to the Lord to protect the greatest love of her life, her son.  Until that day…  Until her son was taken in the prime of his life, having been a beacon of faith to all who knew him, and a partner in ministry with his favorite fan… mom.

If you have ever felt that you could not go any lower and then felt the floor bottom out from under you… you can sympathize.  If you have ever lost the love of your life and thought there will never be a replacement… you can feel her pain.  If you have ever watched your life as you knew it, disappear right in front of you… you can only imagine.

I know that my Lord heard her prayers, but He answered her in a way she could not, would not, understand.  I believe the ministry that was, continues to be, the ministry that is… a mother and a son.  But for now… It’s just geography!

I am thankful for my new friend I do not know of her residence… again geography.  But from a distance, she inspires me in so many ways.  One of which, stems from an unfinished blog I drafted a week ago.  This is for you Margaret…

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” [Matt 5:4]

An excerpt…
I was taken to a place…  I was reminded of the ‘rise’ of David, but mostly… the ‘fall’ of David and Bathsheba.

A shepherd boy named David, the youngest son of Jesse, threw his stones again and again against the tree, perhaps from boredom, loneliness, insignificance of being… until that day.  The day the Lord had prepared and made for David…

“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

but mostly…

“I David, take Bathsheba”
We often focus on David… the heart-felt testimonies, his psalms, his battles and accomplishments, his plights, his downfalls, his story.   But, what about Bathsheba?  What did she think when her king took her… under covet?  How did she feel when he then ordered her husband… “to death do they part”?  And…  How loud was her cry, when God removed… her beloved son?

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matt 5:4

“Believers join their departed little ones in heaven (2 Sam. 12:23).”
… Dr. Charles Stanley for July 7, 2011

But for now… It’s just geography!

And… I thank God for old friends Those who have gone before me, whose legacy of witness, has made it very clear to me… That for us, death is not an option.  When one, born of the Spirit, leaves this life, there is always something left behind.  And it is good!

Barely two years ago, I had to say good-bye to a dear friend of mine.  It still breaks my heart to this day, that I cannot call her up and talk Jesus with her.  It was as if God placed two women, equally nuts about Jesus, in the same place… for such a time.  I could speak the ‘unspeakable’ to her and she understood its origin.  She knew this land well, we spent hours there.  Decades separated our age, but God’s timing knew no boundary…  It’s just geography!

You will often hear me say… When someone so close to me is with me one day, and gone the next- I’ve got to know!  What are you thinking?  What are you seeing?  What are you smelling, touching, hearing… at this very moment?  What is Jesus whispering in your ear?  I have got to know… What is your reality right now?  This is important to me.

My dear friend Priscilla may have been gone a couple years, but her legacy and witness remains.  From that day forward, she has continued to give me perspective…  If there is a gift above all other gifts… it is to give the gift of Christ’s assurance, that when we go from here, we are found with Him there.  It’s just geography!

Where I know you see Jesus… There are whispers in your ear…  All your senses are dancing… Where you experience ‘no more tears’.

Until that day…

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” [Matt 5:4]

“But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:23

REUNION!

Mercies in Disguise…
Better than a Hallelujah- sometimes

For now… It’s just geography!

…  jams4JESUS

Daily Devotional… When A Child Dies
from Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Read | 2 Samuel 12:16-23

I was astounded when I read the title and Scripture reading for today’s devotional.  Thank you Dr. Stanley for reminding me of two un-posted messages, that now I have scribed.  Your Scripture reading met me where I was and was exactly what I needed.

The Death of David’s Son

And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. 16 David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them. 18 Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”
19 When David saw that his servants were whispering, David perceived that the child was dead. Therefore David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?”
And they said, “He is dead.”
20 So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house; and when he requested, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.”
22 And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

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I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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