Friday, March 22, 2013

Precious in His Sight

Psalm 116:15 ~ 
"Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants."

Dan & I attended a funeral yesterday of a sweet lady who came to our church for a short time before she became too ill.  We have only known Maria since she was diagnosed with cancer.  We didn't know her before she was sick, but we had been praying for her for a few years before we actually met her.

Dan had the privilege of praying with her two years ago when she made the decision to follow Christ.  As someone said during the funeral yesterday, it was as if a switch had been turned on inside of her from that point.

She smiled all the time.

She was joyful, even while suffering.

She was encouraging.

She had a strong faith.

Maria had the ability to do what most don't, and sat with Dan 3 or 4 months ago and planned out her funeral.  She told him exactly what she wanted and what she wanted him to communicate to her friends and family.

♥ She wanted them to know Jesus as she did.  She wanted them to experience the same relationship, peace, and joy that she had found.

♥ She wanted them to know how grateful she was for their friendship.  She loved them and was so thankful for them.

I can just imagine the scene in heaven as the Lord enveloped her in a huge bear hug.  She is no longer in pain.  She no longer feels sadness or anxiety or fear.

She is at peace.  She had something here on earth that all can have.  A relationship with Jesus Christ.  It's so simple and yet, we make it complicated.

Romans 10:9-10 ~ 

 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

Believing with your heart.  Confessing it with your mouth.  Two simple things.

Won't you do that today?