Oh death where is your victory? Oh death where is your sting? The sting of death is sin and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:55-57
A few days ago, I would have told you that my hope is in Jesus.
That is, until I woke to the harsh reality that my sweet friend from college passed away. She went to bed one night and didn’t wake up the next.
When I received the text from our college pastor, I stared at it for a long time. It couldn’t be true. He must have a received false information. How could a woman so full of life be gone?! But then the messages on her Facebook wall slowly started posting from people I didn’t know, which forced me to accept that it must be true.
Death is a weird thing. It happens to everyone, yet when it happens, it’s so hard to understand. What was God’s plan in all of it? Why now? Why her?
At the beginning of this week, I would have told you that I know God controls my life and knows the number of my days. But, today, I live a different reality. I now believe with my heart that God can take us whenever, wherever, and however He wants to. He’s in control, not me.
I have shared Jesus with more people in the past few days than I have in the past few years. Not in a harsh way. In a loving, here’s-what-I’m-going-through way. I’ve always cared more about what people think of me or how the message will be received, than what God thinks or what He has called me to.
Which brings me to the question that’s been resonating in my head for days…”Where is my hope?”
- My hope is in a clean house
- My hope is in working hard
- My hope is in the success of my career
- My hope is in parenting
- My hope is in my husband
- My hope is in impressing other people
When God takes us home, does any of this last? Does any of it matter?
MY HOPE IS IN JESUS!!! And, if we happen to bump into each other along the way, you will hear about it — fair warning