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Waiting for Heaven’s Call…

09.13.15 | by Ray Jones

    To Alison’s mom. That’s what Alison and I are doing as I write this column. Perhaps as you read this column God’s sweet home going call has already come to our loved one. She is ready and has been talking to our Lord for several days even though she has become essentially non-communicative with us. Imminent departure are the words that hospice has used, they and we are amazed that she has remained with us, given the fact that her body has declined severely in such a brief amount of time. We praise the Lord for heaven and it’s promise of ultimate healing and will rejoice with her upon her entry there.

    All of us who have been used of God in some way, must admit that there have been people behind us, who God put there, who He quietly has used to help us follow His call. I have been blessed to have in my life a mother-in-law who has loved me like a son. But further a woman who believed in God’s call on my life and through the years prayed for Alison and I in ministry and gave to us when we barely had enough to survive. For many years she made sure that her “preacher” son-in-law had suits to wear and her daughter nice clothes to represent our Lord. She gave generously and faithfully to her Church and lived a modest life in order to give to scores of worthy ministries. Her life and commitment to Christ have taught and reminded us of many Kingdom lessons. And during these days we have reflected on many of the wonderful truths that have been reinforced in our lives in this crucible of waiting. Many of you have walked this path and many of you will walk this path at some time in the future. So maybe some of what God is reinforcing our lives will serve as a reminder and encouragement to you as well.  

    I am reminded that:

    1. God really does control the clock… He has the final say on our life and times. It is why the scripture urges us to make the most of the days that He has given us. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
    1. We must trust God beyond our feelings…God’s trustworthiness in the past is the basis of our trust in Him about the future. So even when our feelings fight our intellect, our faith in God’s Word is an anchor for our soul. “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,” (2 Corinthians 4:17)
    1. The body’s decay does not diminish the soul… This is great news and is one of the reasons that the promise of heaven and a new body is so sweet. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16)
    1. This life really is short… In the scheme of eternity, our lives are short. That is not bad, its good, because what waits beyond is better than anything this world has to offer us. It is why we must be good stewards of the brief time before eternity. “making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16)

    Because all of these things are true, let us continue, to fight the good fight of faith until we ourselves hear that heavenly call to come home! And remember, God is always trying to take us someplace new. I love being your pastor!!!

    For God’s Glory Alone,

    Bro. Ray