I started reading through her Facebook profile recently. I remember all these posts and at the time I remember thinking, “Man, she is kinda preachy.” But all the things she posted came right from her heart. All the injustice, people suffering, her love for God, her love for His creation and her love for her husband. At the time, I thought it was a little much. Now, what I wouldn’t give to read some more. In an effort to find comfort, I would like you to read some things my friend wrote.
“No matter what is happening right now in the world, our focus should remain on the promises of our Lord.”
“Singing praises to God and fellowshipping around a fire on a beautiful night at home. Even in trying times, opportunities like this bring a lot of peace.”
“Thankful for my church family. God knows our hearts. God is compassionate for us. He will take care of us! ‘And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you’ (1 Pet. 5:10).”
“Let your motivation to take action in any scenario to be love, not fear! ‘For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control’ (2 Tim. 1:7).”
“We should never get too comfortable in this world, our life can drastically change at any given moment. The disaster in Nashville is a perfect example of that. I don’t say this just because of a natural disaster or a bad accident that gets the world’s attention. People fail us, too. There can be extreme heartache and loss. We are not guaranteed anything in this life, no matter how good it may look or feel. As creatures of habit, sometimes we don’t think anything that bad will happen to us. The older I get the more I realize how materialistic, trivial, and vain we can be. Myself included. We shouldn’t live our lives in fear, but we should live with a deep understanding of what God’s will is for us. No excuses. Jesus paid a price and the truth is that we are ‘Lovable and Forgivable.’ Don’t take that for granted. Live with purpose. ‘For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal’ (2 Cor. 4:17-18).”
I hope you have found comfort in these words from my friend. I would encourage you to read and share her light with her family and those that knew her. She was a light, a great example, and a positive influence to so many. I truly believe that she is with her Friend now. She lived to be with Him one day. Let us follow her in that path.