Little did I know when I first wrote this article that my dad would die in less than three months. Watching “Wonderful Life” tonight I couldn’t help thinking about my dad and his life and how many people he, like George Bailey, helped! First posted 2/18/13
This morning, writing this on Sunday night, I was awakened forty-five minutes before my alarm went off! My dad was singing “And when the battle’s over we shall wear a crown”; needless to say I was not a happy camper. I got up in a grumpy mood and walked down the hall from my bedroom to theirs and peeked in, “Come in dear”, “I don’t want to, I want to go back to bed”, “Is there any coffee made?” “No, like I said, my alarm doesn’t go off for forty-five more minutes”. He said OK and kept on singing. I went back to my bed and turned over to turn off the monitor so I could sleep for the rest of my allotted time when I heard him begin to pray. At first he was praying in the Armenian tongue and although I recognize the language I only understand a few words, but it was nice to listen and then he began saying over and over “I have fought a good fight”, at that point I decided to get out of bed and go make his coffee and take him two of his favorite cookies, Biscotti, to dunk in it. When I took the steaming cup to him along with his cookies he was very grateful, as usual, and asked me to join him and share in the glory he had been experiencing! He had such a wonderful spiritual visitation that I fully expected him to be translated, whisked away into the heavens right there while I watched him, I felt like Elisha to Elijah, this I had to see! 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul says to Timothy “I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith” Verses 6-8 “You take over. I’m about to die, my life an offering on God’s altar. This is the only race worth running. I’ve run hard right to the finish, believed all the way. All that’s left now is the shouting—God’s applause! Depend on it; he’s an honest judge. He’ll do right not only by me, but by everyone eager for his coming.” I have come to realize that our life on this earth is a boot camp for what lies ahead for us. 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.” I have seen the other side and I know that our loved ones don’t die, they transition, they move into the glory of God’s presence where there is no sorrow or death, no mourning of any kind. Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” We stress out over things that will make no difference to us in our eternal future, what does it matter if someone disses you, deletes you from their friend list, is unfaithful to you, or says terrible things about you? When it comes time to lay your head down to sleep in the flesh to awake to glory, none of that will matter at all. An old song says, “Is He satisfied with me? Have I done my best? Have I stood the test? Is He satisfied with me?” and then we will stand before His throne saying, “Just as I am without one plea but that Thy blood was shed for me and that Thou bid me come to Thee, Oh Lamb of God I come, I come.” I thought as I watched my dad dunk his Biscotti and put it to his mouth how I wished I could give him extra strength. We all need to live in such a way that if we are ever in a situation if having to be cared for there will be someone who is not only willing to do it but actually wants to care for us. Psalm 91:15-16 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” None of us have the promise of tomorrow and I may precede my dad to heaven, so what I want to be able to say, with him, is that I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course, Amen!