It happened again today. Another breast cancer survivor lost the battle and it makes me feel sad. I didn't really know her aside from some comments we made to each other in cyberspace. I know she had been in Minnesota this past Mother's Day and was at the Mall of America walking the same walk I was in. Although she didn't live in Minnesota she was a good friend to a couple of fellow survivors I had lunch with one day while I was in chemo so we had a couple of mutual friends. She asked me once exactly where I lived at in Minnesota and she was delighted to discover her son had bought a house just about a mile from me. Perhaps we would have lunch the next time she came to Minnesota. That was not to be. It's hard. Wives, daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, nieces, aunts and cousins. It's hard.
This is when I must remember that as a Christ-Follower this is not it. As much as we want to cling to this life, the best is yet to be! Now there are those who will say they want to go right now. They seem to think everyone else should feel that way as well. Usually this comes from people who are the very picture of health and do not have a terminal disease skulking about in the shadows looking for a chance to make a move on them. In other words, it is easy to be flippant about your own mortality when you are not actually facing it! Anyone can talk big and brave when they are not actually in the battle.
As I said, before I digressed, I need to remember that as precious as life here is, there is something far greater awaiting me. Imagine a moment when you could feel the very presence of God closing in on you. Perhaps it was so powerful you couldn't say a word. All you wanted to do was just remain right where you were and just bask in the glory and presence of God. The feeling of joy, the sense of peace and contentment overwhelmed you and yet this is the merest shadow of the tiniest peek of the best that is yet to be.
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it-we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he's up to. But friends, that's exactly who we are: children of God. And that's only the beginning. Who knows how we'll end up! What we know is that when Christ is openly revealed, we'll see him-and in seeing him, become like him. All of us who look forward to his Coming stay ready, with the glistening purity of Jesus' life as a model for our own. 1 John 3:1-3 (MSG)
There will come a time when this body which is prone to illness, pain, injury and aging is going to be discarded. There will be no more tests, scans, drugs, radiation, lasers or even concerns about recurrences. Those things cannot enter the final destination of Christ-Followers, regardless of how hard they try to follow you in. The open door which you so easily slipped through is a barrier which they cannot penetrate.
We shall stand in His presence and see Him; really see Him as He is for all eternity. Truly the very best is yet to be!