We observe All Saints Festival Day today and it always brings to my mind so many memories of those who have gone before us over the years. Many of us have just recently experienced loss or issues of aging that have changed our perspective of life’s journey on earth. Someone recently told me that they never thought life would be so complex. That set me to thinking about how we look at our life on earth.
All of our days are a gift from God, whether they are many or few. We can be reassured that He will always provide what we need through whatever the situation may be. One of my friends just celebrated his 103 birthday and is in great health. Another just lost an infant shortly after birth. The comfort we have is that the circumstances and length of our lives is not an indication of God’s love for us. Romans 8:28-30 tells us this: 28 We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s purpose for us is not always revealed in everyday life. It seems at times that the busier we are, the better we feel about making a difference in life here on earth. Sometimes though, we miss the point. Is our focus on what WE want, and not God’s plan for us? As busy as I am, I sometimes find that I am losing my focus on who I am and what my God is telling me.
As we age, we are given the skills through prayer, scripture and fellowship to know how to better base our relationship on what God has planned for us.
My life has experienced many changes over the years and is still travelling that rocky road. I have confidence in my God’s love and support as I continually ask, “Why?” and struggle with the answers. Through it all, my heart knows that I am loved by Him. A favorite hymn of a former pastor was “I’m But a Stranger Here, Heaven is my home.” The stress of living in a culture that encourages living contrary to Jesus’ plan for us, and the emotional and physical challenges we face on earth will be over. I pray that you all have wonderful memories of those who have gone before you, and that you set your eyes on Jesus to guide you each day in His love and care.
Cynthia Rutan, RN, Parish Nurse at Peace Lutheran Church & School