In December my mom when home to be with the Lord. Since then, life has been different. Different, not in a bad way, just different. One of the things that has been different is my dad comes to visit much more. Unfortunately, he can’t drive or has chosen not to drive anymore because he doesn’t feel comfortable with his reaction time. And, he is facing new challenges as well. He has been diagnosed with a mild form of dementia. Although it is not very noticable to others, my family and I can tell. Mostly its not remembering a conversation we just had or not being able to dress exactly right. And sometimes, it affects his driving. One night he almost drove over an embankment and on more than one occasion, he missed his driveway and drove twenty minutes before he realized what he had done. But even though those changes are occurring with him, it is still a blessing to have him around. Just yesterday, he and I were outside working on a project and I was reminded of all the years we worked on things together. We would spend time fixing things. Now, I do most of the fixing and he sits in a chair and talks to me while I’m working.
I’m not sure what the next few years will hold for dad, I know he misses my mom. He never really talks about her, but they were married for fifty-seven years, and memories and companionship don’t get replaced quickly. Sometimes she will come up in our conversation, but mostly he knows he will see her again. And that really is the important point. Life will always be like a revolving door, always changing. People change, jobs change, health changes, to say it mildly, life changes. And when it comes to saying good-bye to a loved one, the most comforting truth is, we will see them again, if they are believers in the Lord Jesus. I have often been reminded that we just need to get through the gap of time until we are together again. Because God is very clear in His Word, for all who have put their hope and trust in Jesus and what He did for us by paying our sin debt, will live forever in His Kingdom.
In our church, we have been studying Revelation. It is an awesome book about the future of the world, physically and spiritually for all people, past,present and future. Last Sunday, we were in chapter twenty. That chapter gives a skeleton view of the new Millennial Kingdom that all the saints of God will be a part of, ruling and reigning with Christ for 1000 years. Jesus will be the One leading it all as we are leading under Him. (See Podcasts for Revelation messages) And because we were studying that subject, I was reminded, once again, that we will live forever. As I said, we just need to get through the gap of time between death and our resurrection to eternal life. In fact, last week my wife and I visited my mom’s grave because I wanted to see the headstone that had been newly place there. As I stood there, I was so excited to know, with assurance, that I will see her again and when dad dies, I will see him again. I told my wife that it was so hard to be sad because I know to much. In other words, I know that God is true to His promises and that everything He has said in His Word will be perfectly fulfilled. I can’t tell you how much encouragement that gives me.
I hope it does the same for you. If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, not just in your head and not just as a person who loves serving Jesus, but a person who loves Jesus, you will live forever in His Kingdom. You also will be a part of the 1000 year reign of Jesus in the Millennium and then forever with Him and your loved ones, who also put their hope in Jesus and what He has done. It’s so exciting!
Life is challenging, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to rock you so hard that you can’t recover. Jesus has it all under control. Yes, sometimes there are very, very difficult challenges, but the end result is the same. All His followers will live forever with Him. And you will see them again. Sadly, God is clear about this too, if someone has not or will not put their hope in Jesus, there is no hope of eternal life with Him. Only eternal separation in hell. Just read the Bible and you will see that. So, give your heart to Jesus before this life is over, love Him with all your heart, mind and strength, and you will be able to conquer the challenges of life as they come.