Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Can Only Imagine

It's been 7 months since Dale passed away. I think about her every day. She was my friend, my mentor, and the only person I knew who radiated Jesus' love in a pure and graceful way.

Losing someone as close as Dale has taught me many things and reminds me that life is fleeting. I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that it really sucks that she's gone, but how selfish am I to not be happy and comforted in knowing that she's dancing with and for the Lord and free from this craphole we call "earth."

I'd also be remiss if I didn't say that I get really irritated sometimes when people say, "There's a reason why she passed away so suddenly. " Trite or insensitive, things like "I know how you feel," and "Call me if there's anything you need," or the kicker, "At least we know it was God's will." While most people who say this mean well, I'd prefer to just not hear it. No one knows how I feel with Dale's loss, nor do they know God's will for why He took her when He did.

What I do know is that I could not have endured such a loss without the assurance that eternal life is through salvation in Christ alone. I know that she is with Jesus & I am comforted by this knowledge & pray that others know of God’s love & His gift of eternal life in Him.

I always thought that those I love would be around till I got old and gray, or at least until I got a little older. While I'm still a little miffed that she's gone, or when I am overcome with sadness, I remind myself of one of Dale's favorite songs, "I Can Only Imagine." She no longer has to imagine what it would be like to walk next to Jesus or what she'll see when she's in Heaven. She's there.

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