“Look Up!” you told us. “Cling to what is good” you said. You assured us that “It is well with my soul”. The past year I’ve clung to that truth with a broken heart and the promise that our Lord is the Great Healer. The hardest battle I’ve ever fought. Most nights I have felt defeated. Yet the sun comes up and a new day dawns. With each alarm I arise with praise and thanksgiving that I was privileged to have loved you and been loved by you. With each day I ask the Lord to show me Joy.
A year later the landscape of our lives looks nothing as it did when you left. The change has not been well with my soul. Again, I ask the Lord to show me His Glory. Show me Joy. In the sorrow He has been my Comforter. In suffering He reminds me that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess.
A year later I have concluded that your death was not about you. It was about a family and a community getting right with God. How do we conduct our lives? How do we treat those we say we love? What captivates our thoughts? Are we takers or givers? Do our lives show fruitfulness? Do we comfort or abandon? Self serve or serve others?
You knew you were meeting the Lord of Lords face to face. You spent your final months preparing for that meeting. It was magnificent to witness. Your death caused many to ask “Are we ready to meet Our Maker?”
I dreamt about you recently. You were healed. Standing tan and handsome in my garage. I was unpacking boxes. You walked up behind me and put your arms around me. You told me how proud you were of me. You told me that I had handled this year with grace and dignity. You gave me intricate instructions and details on life going forward. As you turned to leave you said “I’m so proud of you, keep doing the right thing regardless of others behavior. I love you. Always do the right thing.” There was a crash of thunder and I awake unsure if it was a real or a dream.
Have you put Jesus as your priority? Is He your ‘right thing’? He is real and our lives aren’t a dream. Life can change in one diagnosis, one poor decision, one hardened heart.
Happy Heavenly 1st Home-Going, Robin Wooten! What a treasure you were! You are incredibly loved and missed. oxox
“This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so God’s Son may be glorified through it”~John 11:4