Tim and I met and fell in love at Crown College. He was a farm boy from Iowa and I was a city girl from Michigan. God called the two of us to serve Him together. We married May 21, 1977, trusting God with our life and future. In His perfect plan, He led us to three countries; Costa Rica for language study, Chile for 17 years, and Mexico for 13 years, where we served Him with all our heart and strength. Our Heavenly Father blessed us with three beautiful children that He has called to serve Him; in Niger, Jordan, and Uruguay. We delighted in the rare joy of all being together for almost a month this summer, even able to welcome our eighth grandchild into this world in August. Tim and I have been serving this Home Assignment year as International Workers-In-Residence at Toccoa Falls College. On Thursday, March 9th, six weeks ago today, the Lord took Tim home to be with Him. It was sudden… so unexpected. And life for our family changed in a matter of minutes.
How could I survive the loss of my beloved husband, best friend, and lifelong ministry partner? How does one keep going? What about all the unfinished conversations, the plans and dreams for the future, the loneliness?
One eternal truth resounds again and again in my heart, comforting my soul … God loves me and His purposes are perfect.
“neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
“I cry out to God Most High,
to God who fulfills his purpose for me.”
Psalm 57:2 (NKJ)
The God of love who is behind absolutely everything in our life,
never gets it wrong and never lets go.
This past Sunday, we joined the celebration from all over the world that Jesus is the risen Son of God. He rose from the grave, conquering sin and death. And all who believe and confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord have the assurance of eternal life … now and forevermore.
“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed
about those who sleep in death,
so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind,
who have no hope.
For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,
and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus
those who have fallen asleep in him.”
I Thessalonians 4:13,14
Physical death is not the end. There is life beyond the grave!