Thursday, November 08, 2007

Eternity

You have often heard me speak about Joshua, a brave little boy who fought and beat cancer this past year. It has been a blessing to follow his story and that of his precious family. Their faith in the midst of such difficult circumstances has been inspiring to me.

Throughout their journey with cancer, they have had the privilege of knowing and coming to love some other families whose lives have been impacted by cancer. One particular girl, Paige, has fought a long battle with AML, and yesterday, she went Home. In keeping up with my friend Julie's blog about Joshua, I've followed Paige's story, and it has really had an impact on me. When I heard from Julie that Paige had gone on to be with the Lord yesterday, I visited her mom's blog and found this beautiful picture of her being baptized.

Is this not the most precious sight? Is this not what life is all about? Our existence here on earth, whatever our circumstances, is temporal. Eternity awaits each of us. We don't know the time nor place when God will choose to take us Home, but the fact remains that we're all one step closer every day. Lately, I've been really impacted by the thought that eternity awaits me on the other side of this world. I pray all the time that my life will be one that represents Christ well, reflects His love and light and ultimately gives Him glory. "More of You, Lord. Less of me." Some days I fail miserably. My earthly perspective and sin nature don't help! But, I leave those days in God's hands, knowing He is just and forgiving and that His mercies are new every morning. I trust Him to continue to grow me and make me the woman He would have me to be.

For today, I rejoice with Paige that she is now free. Free of the bondage that her earthly body could not withstand, free from the pain. And as she was the moment she asked Jesus into her heart, free in Christ. Now THAT is true freedom.

"For if the Son sets you free, then you will be free indeed." ~John 8:36

5 comments:

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Oh my heart... that photo is beautiful and just really says it all...

Steph

Jessica said...

Thanks for sharing that! What a beautiful reminder that we should be more eternally focused.

Julie V. said...

Happi,

Thanks sister for turning my eyes heavenward once again!!

Isn't amazing to think that right this very moment Paige is beholding her Savior face to face? Talk about AMAZING.

In her short 11 years on earth Paige passes such a rich legacy down to us who are still here. Paige fought the good fight. She has finished the race. She has kept the faith.

May the same be said of us.

Love,

Julie

Glass Half Full said...

Knowing Jesus and being with Him forever.....everlasting peace.

Very precious.

Lori

Barbie@ Mamaology said...

Beautifully said Happi!