Thank you all for the nice comments from our LA trip posts. It was so nice to get away with my sweet husband. Today's post is a little more somber.
This morning I am attending a funeral. I wish I could say it was for a friend who was 105 year old, had a handful of children and grandchildren and lived a full life. No. Today I am going to a funeral for a 22 year old man who lost his life to cardiac arrest last week, on vacation.
I heard of this news while we were in LA and as you can imagine, was in pure shock. Wait. 22 years old? Aren't men supposed to be old and gray when they experience heart failure? My friend was young and red head. I couldn't stop asking God "why?". He was young. In school. Had a beautiful girlfriend. He has barely lived! 22 should mark a quarter of your life, not the end. My husband has great perspective.
God has a plan.
John 14 says
“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
God created us and put us on this earth for a reason. We each have a purpose and mission from Him and when we have completed that mission, He brings us back home. This is such a hard idea to grasp but it is true. What God has in heaven is so much better than anything we could ever imagine on earth, and that where is my friend is today. Paradise.
I also believe that God places people in your life for a purpose as well. Ryan, whose life we will be celebrating later this morning, was not my closest friend. In fact I never hung out with him outside of school but we always had conversation. He was always smiling, always said hello, always cared. Although you never realize it, he was the guy whose smile could be the one thing that keeps you sane during mid-terms or when your bff is driving you nuts. Reading his FB wall, I know I wasn't the only one who was touched by his mere presence.
Last summer, Jon lost one of his very best friends, John, in a freak hang gliding accident. John was 26. Another one taken way too young. Sitting in John's funeral last summer, his pastor said that he was lucky to have had dinner with John the night before his passing. That night, John confessed that he wanted to give up everything he had, donate all his money and live for God alone. The day before he died! It was in that moment Jon and I decided that we wanted to change our lives. Live for the moment, without any doubt or regret, because you don't know when your last will be.
John Seward 1/18/84-6/23/10
I pray that Jon and I live to see children, grandchildren and many more Frenchies. And I trust God will bring me home when it is my time. One of my favorite verses that seems to help me get through so much comes from Psalms.
"Be still, and know that I am God" - Psalms 46:10
Today I am thanking God for the privilege of knowing Ryan and pray for strength for his family and friends. Today I trusting the Lord.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths." - Proverbs 3:5-6