Monday, October 1, 2018
Today Jared would be 26 years old.
My thoughts about Jared that Thursday in May were that even though his body is dead his love for me will never die, therefore, my love for him will never dissipate. How did I come up with that? Even though Jared's body is now just ashes his spirit is still alive in glory - actually, more alive than ever. Love is a spiritual thing - not earthly. Why do I say that? I John 4:16 says, "God is love." This would make it impossible for love, real love, to be of the flesh or natural. Love is eternal - it doesn't stop just because the person dies.
The spirit realm is real and we should consider it more important than earthly things. The things of earth are temporary - passing away with time. Everything that we touch and see with our natural eyes is decaying and fading away. Nothing here will last forever. However, the things of the spirit are eternal - never dying or losing strength or power. I Corinthians 13 is the 'love' chapter of the Bible and verse 8 declares that "Love never fails". That word 'fails' means it doesn't drop away, lose, and it doesn't become inefficient. Love is eternal!!
In order to find complete comfort in this it is important for our love to overpower our loss when we lose someone. I believe that gives God more room to work in our lives. While it can be hard, we need to let go of regrets and other negative things in order to reach out and hold on to love - especially the love that God has for us when our hearts are broken.
My confirmation for these thoughts came on July 26th when I was reading Lisa Bevere's book Without Rival. I was blown away when I read on page 160, " God is love. Love is eternal. Love never fails, and nothing entrusted to love is ever lost, and everything that is birthed out of love cannot die." WOW! I did a little Happy Dance! I did hear my Father's voice when He told me Jared's love continues to live on. God is so good -no - God is Love!!
Back in July 2017 I realized my passport had expired but since I never used it and had moved I wasn't sure where it was. As I was going through my file cabinet I came across this note. I just smiled when I read it because I thought - Jared could have written that to me today. I pictured him with Jesus by his side - both of them waiting - a very long time, I hope!! I was thankful that the Lord had brought me to the place where I could see the love instead of being crushed, angry, or bitter because he was no longer with me. Don't get me wrong, I'd love nothing more than to feel one of Jared's hugs again; but I'll just have to wait.
Who have you loved that has passed away? Rejoice that their love for you hasn't died or faded away but will forever be there for you.