It really needed to be done.
It was definitely time to throw some things away, straighten up, clean and rearrange.
The “office” room is where my computer lives, along with two bookshelves that are packed and a host of other important (to me) items.
Things like old photo albums, camera boxes and a microphone stand.
A hard hat that I wore while on a tree logging tour. (What????)
A wooden back scratcher given to me while staying at a cottage on the Gulf of Mexico.
Even a hand made (but not functional) shofar used in one of the musicals I directed years ago.
You know…..stuff like that.
While going through a stack of papers, I found a little Polaroid photograph of our second son as a young child.
As I recall, there was an event at church where children were supposed to dress up as animals.
One of the men at the church dressed as Noah.
Each child could have their portrait made with Noah.
According to the sign on the wall in the picture, portraits were available for 50 cents each.
Years later, our son was killed in a car accident as a teenager…..
As I picked up the old photo of our son and the “pretend” Noah, there was a split second of grief shooting into my heart.
Following right behind it with lightning speed, these words came to my mind:
“He’s with the “real” Noah, now.”
My son knew Jesus while here on Earth, and God has given me assurance that he is in Heaven right now.
I don’t think I’ve ever considered that my son is able to see Noah and talk to him.
It just hadn’t crossed my mind.
What was the cost to be with Noah in Heaven?
Much more than all the money in world.
It cost the death of Jesus on the cross.
My son is with Jesus today, along with Noah and countless others.
Now, when I look at that picture, joy springs forth.
Thank You, God, for bringing comfort out of pain. Thank You for salvation and the promise of Heaven for those who believe.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”