Monday, January 18, 2010

The Ultimate Victory

For the past couple of months, I've been following the blog of a woman with glioblastoma, the same kind of cancer Hannah had. Her husband is the author. I don't know these people personally...I don't even know where they live. I used to hear her husband on the Christian radio station I listened to years ago when I drove back and forth between El Dorado and Crossett three days a week, and I always enjoyed hearing what he had to say. He's not a particularly well-known person in the Christian community, but he has published a few books, and I actually bought one for my dad several years ago. The blog was recommended to me by a friend who knew that this lady and Hannah shared the same kind of cancer, and he thought I would be interested in following it.

By the time I started reading this blog, the woman's health had already deteriorated to about where Hannah's was this time last year...probably even a little worse. What interested me most, though, was the husband's attitude toward her illness. As her illness progressed, he began making comments referring to his belief that Satan was trying to steal his wife's life away, and that "the evil one" was trying to silence her. Honestly, I was floored by this attitude...I just couldn't comprehend it! We never, ever, EVER felt that Hannah's life was being taken by Satan. God had every single day of Hannah's life planned, and I believe that when His will for her was completed, He lovingly took her to her home in Heaven. There was no victory for the "evil one" in Hannah's death!

This lady passed away last Wednesday, and other than the announcement of her death, there have been no new posts by her husband. I do think they are Christian people, and I believe she is in Heaven with the Lord. And I pray for her husband, that he will realize that his wife has won the ultimate victory, and receive peace from that knowledge. Psalm 116:15 tells us "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints." What a beautiful thought!

P.S.--Bethany is feeling much better tonight. Thank you to all who have asked about her and prayed for her as she's been sick!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for reminding us all that how the world may see things is not how God sees them, and how He wants us to see and live them.

We have a loving God, who knows what is best for each of us. Never have we been called to fully understand the mind of God - we have been called to trust, obey, praise, and give thanks. His grace is sufficient.

This world is not our home. This world is disposable and will fall away. Our home is with our Father. May we keep our focus on our home beyond the blue.