1)To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2) A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted.
I recently lost a very dear cousin of mine. My cousin Gerald was truly a highlight in our family. One minute he was here enjoying life the next minute God had requested him home. So at the age of 51 (oh so young), he was gone. I think about him often. In fact, I find myself thinking about him now much more than I ever had before he died. Even though we didn't speak much as adults, just knowing he is gone and that I am unable to speak to him again on this side of life has left me frustrated, to say the least.
I had to remind myself that God's timing is perfect even when it seems unfair and inconvenient to us. Why it had to happen at this moment, I may never know. God knows and that is all that matters. To know that Gerald had a personal relationship with God makes my sorrow so much better. Years ago Gerald accepted Christ, confessed that Jesus is his Lord and he believed that Jesus died and rose from the dead and lives today. It doesn't get any more beautiful than that.
Death is not the end for Christians, it is the beginning of something beautiful promised to believers from our Heavenly Father-- Eternal Life. We all should make sure we have introduced to everyone we love and even strangers whom we don't know the importance of having Jesus in their lives. ~ Be Blessed!