Monday, May 5, 2008

There is a place

Yesterday at 3:15pm I was playing basketball at my old high school with some friends. I really love playing ball with my friends. I love the exercise and the comradery. I love feeling tired when I'm done. I love the high-fives between games.

It turned out to be just one part of a really wonderful day. The worship/singing portion of church that morning was excellent. And, after church we had a cook-out with some friends. The weather was absolutely perfect for Indiana. Not too hot. Not too cold. Blue skies. Slight breeze. No humidity.

The perfect weather continued throughout the day. After basketball I sat on the back deck and prepared for Bible study. I thanked God for the beautiful weather, a house to live in, a place to work, a wonderful wife, 6 great kids, family, friends, etc.. I was over-whelmed with the blessings from God. I was flying high.

At Bible study that night, I expressed my feelings of gratitude and thankfulness to God as we sat in a screened-in porch enjoying the cool evening air and watching the sun set. I mentioned passages like this:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the
Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James
1:17

and,

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare [1] and not
for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

I gave God all the glory and the praise for the blessings and the good things in my life.

Yesterday at 3:15pm my cousin Jeff was riding his motorcycle when he ran into the back of another car and died instantly. I heard the news from my mom today. Today I am in pain. Today my tears of joy and gratitude have been replaced with tears of grief and sorrow. I grieve for my aunt and my uncle. I grieve for Jeff's fiancee. I grieve for Jeff's sister and brother and their children. I grieve for my mom. Today I grieve for Jeff.

I grieve ... but I also remind myself that there is a place where everyday will be perfect:

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former
things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4

"There is a place." - Mark Mohler

In Christ,

1 comment:

Daltonsbriefs said...

Chip,

Thanks for the heartfelt post, it is pretty awesome the world that God puts us in and lets us stay in for a bit.

But you're also right that there is so much more, more that we forget, more that we pretend doesn't matter as much as the temporal.

I too grieve for mom and the Rodeman family.