Posted on Monday, June 24th 2013 at 03:45 pm
A friend of mine prayed for a wife for many years. He was in his forties and had never been married. He met his future wife at church. She shared his values and they fell in love. They began talking about marriage and planning their future. A few months later he was diagnosed with cancer. He began treatment and they prayed for healing. His future wife is a nurse and loved him and cared for him as he fought the disease.
Their wedding was joyous. Her children had already embraced him as their dad and his daughter spoke at the wedding about him being the dad she never had. The disease continued to progress unabated through treatment and prayer. In the last few weeks it became apparent to my friend that God wasn't going to heal him and he began to plan the future for his wife and children. We saw him last week for the last time on this earth. He shared with us how the Lord had blessed him with a wonderful wife and family and his hope to see them again in heaven. This was inspirational to all of us. He was able to wrap up his affairs and is now in the arms of God.
Scripture tells us not to let the sun go down on our wrath. My friend had time to make sure things were in order, but we may not have that chance. The statistics on death are pretty amazing; they are 1 out of 1. So it isn't a question of if, but when we will die. So before that day it is best to make sure we are right with God and to be reconciled with those around us.
Jesus told his disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them in heaven. Then one of his disciples Thomas (the same Thomas that after Jesus rose from the dead said that unless he touched Jesus' pierced hands and feet he wouldn't believe) said "Lord we don't know where you are going so how can we know the way?" Jesus replied "I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father except through me". Bud Potter has found the way.