Every time I think about it, I become quiet and sad.
I was out of town last night.
Wondering what the weather was going to be like for the evening, I picked up my cell phone to check the forecast.
When I did, I also read something posted on a network site I use.
A friend of mine from my teenaged years had just days before been killed in a car accident.
I thought of memories of him when we were both young.
He was funny.
He was talented.
Since I had moved several hundred miles away from our home town, I had not talked to him in several years.
Feeling earnestly saddened by the news, I chose to read from a Bible app on my cell phone.
It had been awhile since I had last read from it.
Opening it, I found the scripture that I had most recently viewed.
The book of Hebrews, chapter 11, verses 4 and 5 were there.
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
When I found out about the accident, I looked at an online obituary and read comments there made by his friends and co-workers.
The part of the scripture that read, “And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead,” really stood out to me.
When someone truly serves God with a faithful heart, doesn’t their example live on as a testimony, even though they are dead?
Another part of the passage that was meaningful to me was, “For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.”
Wouldn’t you want that to be said about you?
Wouldn’t you want that to be the truth about your life?
That you were one who pleased God?
I believe the passage from Hebrews was left on my phone for a reason.
God knew that I would find out about my friend and begin reading from His word.
These two verses spoke to me at a time when I was contemplating the end of life’s journey here.
God is like that, you know.
He never leaves us, and when we need comfort or guidance, He can bring it to us in His perfect timing and in His way.
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