“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-4)
Are there people who were once in your life, but who you no longer see, or have even lost touch with? Or, maybe your health circumstances have made it impossible for you to continue doing something you once loved and that means there are people you don’t see anymore.
Sometimes that hurts us, and sometimes we don’t understand why it had to happen.
I believe people often come into our lives for just a season–maybe God sees that we need someone in particular to come alongside us for a time; maybe they move on to help someone else; maybe they die, or move away; maybe we move on in a different direction ourselves.
The person might have played a significant part in our lives and left a hole that’s hard to fill, or maybe we just really miss them.
We don’t get to see God’s bigger picture and His plan, so sometimes these things just don’t make sense to us. As well as trusting in God’s plan for our lives, there’s one other things we get to hold on to–that as Christians we will be with these people again in Heaven.
The old hymn that says “When we all get to Heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be”* gives us a wonderful picture to hold on to. Can you just imagine how many special people we will get to be with again, or maybe meet for the very first time! There will be so much to rejoice about.
Prayer: Father, when I wonder about the loss of friends and family in my life who have been special to me, help me to hold on to the hope that we will be together again one day, and rather than mourn the loss, be grateful for the seasons we shared together. Amen.
* When We All Get To Heaven – Eliza E Hewitt & Emily D Wilson
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He teaches her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
Who have you lost touch with that you miss? A friend who moved away? A parent who has died? An adult child that rarely calls? Share with us below who you hope to reconnect with in heaven, if not here on earth.
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