My partners and I looked upon the casket, adorned with flowers. Next to it was a framed photograph of a handsome and smiling young man. Our partner was only 45 years old, succumbing to a virulent lymphoma that robbed him of his life over the last 2 years.
“He was such a good man!” One of my partners whispered to me as we stood in the procession line in the chapel.
“Yes. Yes, he was.” I mumbled and fought back the tears. Just within my sight were his widow and his two teen-aged children. A flood of memories overwhelmed me. My partner was a good man. He was a devout Christian, a loving husband and father, and an excellent pathologist and physician. I would look forward to the days when the schedule paired me with him at our respective hospitals. The last years were painful for all of us but now, as I reconnected with his family, I realized the true depth of the loss that everyone was experiencing.
Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.
Isaiah 57:1-2 (NLT)
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I was a sophomore in college. Although I thought myself mature, I was the poster child for an irresponsible life. God needed to do major surgery in my life and continues to do so. Only by God’s grace and mercy does He allow me to continue living my imperfect life. He is not finished with me yet. I need to remain obedient to Him, trusting in His sovereign providence in my life.
My friend and partner was and is a good man, and now he is with an even better One, in the presence of His Lord, Jesus Christ. I do not understand the reasons why God took him at such a young age. Perhaps it was to protect him from the evil that could befall him. Perhaps it was to bring glory to God in ways that are yet to be manifest. Someday, in the presence of our Lord and Savior, I will learn the truth. Until that day, I will continue to learn to trust God with His providence and rest in His peace.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.