Out of Reach
Write about the one X that got away — a person, an experience, a place you wanted to visit. How much would you change about your life to have it within reach again?
We just got word this morning that a friend of over 40 years’ standing died last night. He had pancreatic cancer, and made a heroic effort to overcome it. He survived much longer than the doctors had predicted. I suppose, in a sense, he “got away,” and we are grieving his loss, as well as grieving for his wife and family. He was a good and godly man, and his influence will be missed.
But would I ask him to come back, if that were possible?
No. Not even close. I believe he is rejoicing in heaven at this moment, united with the Lord he loved and served faithfully. He is free of cancer, never to have another moment of illness or pain.
The Bible says there is no time in heaven. I have a hard time getting my head around that one, but I remember trying to encourage my mom in the last couple of weeks before she died that she would see us all again soon–that it would seem as if no time had passed for her before we were in heaven with her. It may be many years for us here on earth, but for her, no time will have passed.
We have so many loved ones who have already gone, and we miss them. We would not, however, call anyone back from the wonders they are enjoying with the Lord.