"Lord , remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.” We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. (Psalms 39:4-7 NLT)
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend the memorial service of one of my sweet friends at Lakeside Apartments, downtown. As Mrs. Darlene's friends and the pastor spoke during the service, it was great to just sit and listen, considering her life on earth and where she is right now...at this very moment! Several people shared these verses:
"Don't be troubled. You trust God, now trust in Me. There are many rooms in My Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you. If this were not so, I would tell you plainly. When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." (John 14: 1-3 NLT)
What a promise from Jesus for His followers...for us! Right now, according to His words, Jesus prepared a place for Mrs. Darlene in His Father's home and Jesus came to get her. I'm just guessing, but I bet the view at her new home is even better than the beautiful view of Lady Bird Lake she had at Lakeside Apartments!
As we began ACFnw, we would take small groups down once a month to have a Sunday morning church service with the residents in their community room. Every time I spoke at Lakeside, Mrs. Darlene would tell me I was her fifth sermon of the morning (she listened to 4 preachers on TV every Sunday), then she would tell me my message was the best. I always said I knew she was only saying my message was better because I was the only pastor she listened to who delivered breakfast. We would smile, hug and wish each other a great week. Mrs. Darlene loved Jesus and she loved others. It was always sweet to visit with her.
Without any doubt, I know she is as healthy, whole, at peace and in the very Presence of Jesus Christ right now. Sitting in her memorial service was a great reminder that nothing on earth is worth losing perspective of who I am in Jesus Christ, where I'm headed or what my purpose on earth is. Our enemy has a million distractions, important and noble purposes for us to tend to every day. They are all vapors, fleeting passions, hollow and hold no eternal value when compared with knowing Jesus Christ and loving others for His sake. I sat and listened to how Mrs. Darlene loved Jesus and others in her life on earth last week. It reminded me to consider all my activities and relationships with an eternal perspective.
"Yes, everything else is worthless when compared to the priceless gain of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. I have discareded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I may have Christ and become one with Him." (Philippians 3: 8 NLT)