I have sorrow over the fact that I did not spend more time getting to know her. Listen to her talk of life and all that she had done and wanted to do. Her funeral revealed so much about her I didn’t know. Sad that I learned it too late. What I did know of Lois, was a kind, big-hearted, arms open, hugging woman, who loved others fiercely. That I will cherish. You see, I too am a hugger.
Death makes us aware of the life we have. The life we live, or don’t live. I often think, “Why didn’t I do this…Why didn’t I make the time…Why didn’t, Why?” Choices, and being wrapped up in my own, self-centered little world.
Jesus I don’t believe had any “Why didn’t” moments. I’m pretty sure almost all of His were “I did” or “I will”, or better yet…”I have!”
Die on a cross for our sins? Forgive your sins?…”I DID”, Jesus says.
Prepare a place for you? Be with you always?…”I WILL”, He says
Plans for my life? Unconditional love for you?…”I HAVE”, He promises.
Lois loved Jesus very much. She knew what lay ahead of her. She was ready. To be with Jesus is what death is for believers. In death, we will walk into His presence with no pain, no sorrow, no regrets. We are forgiven, loved and reaping the rewards of a life lived in Christ. Death in Christ, on this earth, is our entry point into heaven.
Do you live with regret? I know I do. In my sinful humanness I slip into self mode repeatedly. However, I am quicker to turn it around, place the regret at the feet of Jesus, and, walk away. Looking outward rather than in. Spending time with Jesus will do that for you.