She amazed me as she valiantly battled cancer for years. Yet, every time I saw her, she shared a genuine smile. Generally, she sat near the back of our sanctuary to make getting in and out a bit easier. But one Sunday near the end of her life, she made her way nearer the front, sitting one pew ahead of me.
At one point during the service, I looked up and caught her out of the corner of my eye. What I saw warmed my heart. While many others were simply listening, she was feverishly taking notes in the margins of her Bible! Why does one do that if they don’t fully expect to come back to that portion of Scripture one day and review their notes!
When I asked her about it later, she said she took such notes because she never knew how God may use that particular Scripture in her life later. For instance, God may nudge her to use her notes in a letter to someone to encourage them! Friends, she was within weeks of the end of her earthly journey, but she was still thinking of how God wanted to use her in the lives of others. I love it!
The reality is none of us knows how long we may have remaining. But I know this much, this victorious soul packed her days with life, and she inspired others to do the same. I’m reminded of a childhood prayer that one youngster made very profound when they “misspoke” it… “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should wake before I die, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”
Oh how we need to “wake,” and be fully alive, before we die. –Dave
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