We are in a period of mourning in the Robinson household. My aunt Marilyn Sistrunk recently went home to be with the Lord. The past few days have been filled with laughter from the wonderful memories of her life, tears and sadness at her lost, yet rejoicing that she is now in Heaven and one day we will see her again.
Our family has experienced significant losses over the past 14 years. Some of my very close relatives, both young and old, have departed this life to enter the next. Many of them have gone on to Heaven, yet others we are not so sure. One thing I can say about death is, it is an enemy to us all, but it is an enemy that has been defeated by Christ (1 Corin. 15:55-57)! While time does heal old wounds, the process for grieving never gets easier. I’m actually learning to grow through it better by experiencing all the emotions it has to offer—some good, some not so good.
This time around, I’m constantly reminded of how much I am going to miss my aunt, yet I am continuously reminded of the goodness of the Lord. My aunt has been physically sick for many years. My four year old daughter has been consistently praying for her. When we informed my daughter of Aunt Marilyn’s passing, she asked, “Is she still a little bit sick?” I rejoice that we were able to respond in confidence, “No baby, she is healed completely. Never will she be ill again.”
I rejoice that she is no longer suffering. I thank God for the promise Christians have in the New Jerusalem where:
“The dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He [Jesus] who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down for these words are trustworthy and true (Rev 21:3-5 NIV).”
This is the same scripture I held on to at the loss of my dear mother. It is the scripture that reminds me that we must either experience death and go to our Savior or wait here as strangers on earth until He returns to us. Either way, this blessed hope is what the believer has to look forward to on the other side.
I thank God that his words are trustworthy and true. I thank God that my aunt is no longer suffering. I thank God that somewhere between Sunday night and Monday morning, my aunt experienced a new “today” with Jesus in paradise (Luke 23:43). I thank God that I do not grieve as those who do not have hope (1 Thess 4:13-14), for absence from her earthly body, is to be in the very presence of God (2 Cor. 5:8). And I thank God that we will one day be reconnected again and soon…
I write these words down because they are trustworthy and true, and this truth gives me hope.
© Natasha S. Robinson 2012