My grandpa died last week. That feels weird to say. When things like this happen, when people that we love and who loved us pass on we tend to take stock; for me this has meant taking a hard look at life and reminding myself that this life is brief and was meant to prepare us for the life to come. My grandpa died last week, but really his life has just begun. A life void of loss and pain, a life free from sin; it’s almost too beautiful to think about. While my grandpa was on this earth his faith and hope was resting in Christ alone, and now he is with his Savior, my Savior; he is living a life we can only try to imagine.
Everything in this life is so rushed and the world tells us that we need to derive all the pleasure we can while we can. So we cram our days until they’re jam packed with work and play. We’re experts at the glorification of being busy. We yearn for more and are surprised when relationships cease to bring fulfillment and the stuff of this world is ultimately unsatisfying. All too often we (and by we I mean me) fail to remember that we were meant to live for so much more, that God gives purpose to these lives that we would have otherwise wasted on ourselves. For those placing their faith and hope in Christ this life is not about our personal, present happiness. While we can and should enjoy the good gifts that God has given us it’s imperative that we realize that this life is full of suffering, full of loss, full of waiting, full of anticipation and every bit of it is meant to prepare us for the life to come.
My grandpa’s home going has caused to me realize that I’m ready, I’m ready to go home, but while I’m here my purpose is to bring glory to the One who has created me to be His image bearer, to share His truth, His love, His light with a world that is in desperate need of Jesus. It’s also reminded me to rest, rest in the strong and steadfast arms of my Lord, because the best is yet to come.
This life is just a layover on the way to my destination. I pray that I continue to remember that and that this truth shapes how I live my life, how I serve my Savior.
My grandpa was a great man and while we miss him dearly here on earth, we can take great comfort and even joy in knowing that he is with Jesus, face to face, how glorious…what more could anyone ask for?
“It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all our scars are understood
When mercy takes it’s rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”