In the last blog post, we talked about death and eternity. In that post I talked about the death of my own Mom four years ago. My husband, Bob, and I also experienced the death of our first spouses. We grieve the loss of loved ones. Yet for the true child of God, death is only a gateway into the presence of God and a life free from crying, sadness, and pain. Revelation 21 in the Bible talks about this.
To experience the wonder of Eternity ahead, we need to be in a relationship with the Lord now, however. Easter is coming up in a few weeks when we remember Jesus' death to pay for our sins and His resurrection. To really experience His forgiveness and a sweet personal relationship with Him now and throughout Eternity, we need to turn from our own ways, ask for forgiveness, and walk with Him.
Such a relationship with the Lord is not always easy. We still face heartaches and trials. Bob and I faced that, as we saw our first spouses deteriorate physically step by step before our eyes. We sometimes still face heartaches, as we see loved ones struggle and in our own struggles. Yet the Lord promises us to always be with us step by step. He promises never to leave us or forsake us.
In this kind of relationship with the Lord even hardships become a blessing, because they draw us closer to Him. They make our relationship with Him sweeter and more precious. We can find rest in Him. In fact, rest is found nowhere else but in Him. He is sufficient. Psalm 36:8-9 says this of our blessings in a relationship with the Lord, "They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light."
Yet some day life on this earth will be finished. Life on this earth is very brief. For a child of God, Eternity is a wonderful thing. My husband, Bob, often tells a story of his first wife. When she learned she had a terminal illness, she said, "I am going to see Jesus!" May this be all of our testimonies.