In an attempt to keep this blog authentic, I think it’s important to share on the hard days, too. Today was the first day I felt really far from “home.” One of my dear friends from high school said good-bye to her 5-month-old baby after complications from open heart surgery. I didn’t see any of the emails or facebook posts until mid-afternoon. I found myself audibly saying, “no…no…no” as I saw the first few words of the email on my phone. Sitting at my desk, I started to cry…for the sad turn of events after what seemed like a successful surgery…for my friends and their families and the enormous sense of loss they must be feeling…and for not being close enough to give them all a hug.
Tonight, I came home and paused. I paused to reflect on what matters…on the incredible gift of life and how fragile it is. And I paused to thank God for the hope of heaven. It’s humbling to think that it took a sweet little baby girl entering eternity to remind me to keep things in perspective. At the end of the day, learning my new job is important and planning my next adventure is fun, but what’s even more important is maintaining an eternal perspective in the process.
[In the midst of a whirlwind weekend in Ohio this summer, I squeezed in a quick 30 minute visit to meet this little one. So grateful that I did.]
Her parents exhibited such incredible faith during pregnancy and throughout the past five months. I know they’ve blessed so many as a result – myself included. My prayer tonight is that they are comforted by these words in the coming days:
“And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18