Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in Thy Book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
PROVERBS 16:9A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.
When my usband got off work last week he was pleased that he did not have to return until tomorrow (Thursday).
As I mentioned last week, we had a great opportunity to visit with all three of our children and grandchild. We left Saturday and returned Monday afternoon. Although the visit was short and our journey was long, it was great to spend time together.
The plan for my husband’s time off was, go to Florida, check, visit with the family, check. come back home and have a day to relax before taking me out to a nice lunch and lounging around, celebrating our 26th anniversary today.
Well, last night as we were relaxing at home as planned, my husband was perusing social media and asked me who someone was he was reading about passing away.
The name sounded familiar but it wasn’t until I looked at the posting did I realize that it was my cousin’s son.
The visitation had already started, we live an hour and a half away and the weather was uncertain, so we discussed the possibility of going to the service instead to pay our respects to the family.
This morning both of us decided to get dressed and drive up to attend the funeral. It was one of those things that is tragic enough without discovering more disturbing details, and yet we did.
This young man had played high school and college ball. He had won several awards and had just started his own business.
What the newspapers or Internet do not say are that due to the nature of his business, there were surveillance cameras at various locations which caught activity prior to his death, which apparently included him indulging in unhealthy activities.
His dad arrived at the business later and found this young man expired in the front seat. My cousin, I am told, tried unsuccessfully, to revive his twenty-five year old.
His uncle eloquently, through the power of God, officiated the service where he did say that the guy had earlier committed his life to the Lord, for which I am so thankful. His life just drifted away from Christ.
When the funeral was over, my husband and I went out to eat at a place we enjoyed going when we lived there a dew years ago. We were ready to eat, but neither of us were really all that hungry .
Life for us can change so quickly and so dramatically. The plans the two of us had were to spend some good, quality time together, enjoying a beautiful day, certainly not bidding farewell to a young man the same age as one of our own children.
A resounding theme in our lives is GOD IS IN CONTROL. Not one minute of what we did today came as a surprise to our Savior. Although his family was absolutely shocked and devastated by the horrific events, God was not.
Please offer up much needed prayers for this family. I ask that you will pray the Lord will bring good out of this tragedy as only He can and that His Name will be glorified!
They will need a peace that passes all understanding! As I discussed with my husband over lunch, one of my issues, after the initial shock wore off, I believe would be anger and frustration that someone who had everything, youth, talent, people who loved and cared for him would pilfer it all and leave such a tremendous void that could have been avoided! I thought this, then the verses came to me abut the Lord numbering our days! As a human, that is extremely difficult for me to grasp or accept, especially when that applies to someone so young. I imagine if we had our say, we would never be ready to let go!
Let’s thank God for everyone we have had in our lives, for every moment we were able to spend with them and let us take notice in times like this of how we spend time with those we still have! Moments are precious and priceless! Let’s not pilfer our time because we have no idea when ours on earth will end!
Thank You for every breath
Please let us use it wisely
When our time comes to go Home to You
Please let others say
They saw You in us!
Please let us appreciate everyone You put in our path
May we treat everyone well
May we love them
Give us grace, please God to live peacefully with all
You are Mighty God
Thank You for directing our paths
We would have no other be in control of our lives
Your will be done, Father
On earth as it is in Heaven
In the Name of Jesus,
“Blessed Be The Name of the Lord”