A Time to Remember


I was thinking about how easily my mind can wander off the path of what’s truly important. No wonder we read accounts in Scripture of those who came before us who all seemed to have some sort of attention deficit disorder.

I look at the account of the Israelites and their constant forgetfulness and think, how could they get so distracted and thrown off course.  And then I think, that’s me too Lord.

I look at the account of the disciples falling asleep the night before their Savior was crucified and think…how could they fall asleep during a time like that.  And then I think, that’s me too Lord.

My mother-in-law passed away last night. She was a beautiful woman who raised four beautiful boys. I love how God orchestrated the plans in my family’s life to move us to Georgia for such a time as this. I think that is one of the reasons I find myself able to rejoice during a time of sadness. Our Creator is certainly in the details. My husband has been able to be close by. He’s been able to say goodbye to his mom.  What a blessing.

There is nothing quite like the death of a loved one to bring your eyes and your heart back to the path of what’s important in this life.  This morning my Scripture reading brought me to Colossians 3.

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” v 1-4

“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” v14

This is what matters, Lord.  Help me to not get distracted.  Help me to not forget. Help me to stay awake.  Help me to remember this. 

8 thoughts on “A Time to Remember

  1. Shelley

    I’m sorry to hear of your loss. One thing I love about being a Christian is the fact that we are able to see the goodness through times of sorrow. Not to mention the fact that God orchestrated this move shows what a personal God he is. Thank you for the reminder to set our hearts and eyes on things above and not of this world.

  2. bill (cycleguy)

    When my mom went to be with Jesus in 2004 I lived 4-4 1/2 hours away-most of that by turnpike. I spent 6 weeks driving back and forth. Sounds like a lot until I stop to think that I had moved from a place that was 9 hours away. I was so glad I was closer. Glad your husband also had a chance to experience this with his mom. Blessings to your family Eileen. May you know the Savior’s presence.

  3. Terrie

    Sweet Eileen, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. I am discovering more and more why things that seem odd in my understanding are for a much larger purpose than I can understand. The Lord is in all those details. He hears and answers prayers of others – perhaps your move was a heart prayer of your mother-in-law and gave her just what she needed in her final days on earth.

    The Lord has led me to places and people that I can’t comprehend the purpose, but my personal daily goal is to honor, serve and minister in any way I can to those the Lord wants to reach. It is a mystery to me, but we are so blessed by these times. We’ve been sent to live with my mother for awhile. I didn’t want to come but it only took a couple of hours of being here when I realized we were sent by God as an answer to the cry of her heart. She has been a widow for almost nine years and it’s not been an easy time for her. We are so blessed to be here and to bless her. I stand in awe!

    Peace and Blessings to you sweet friend

  4. Tracy

    Eileen- I continue to remember you in my prayers during this time. God moved us to LR just before my mother died so I could be by her bedside too- God just leaves me speechless…your testimony here is continued proof of His Amazing love and of His perfect timing- praise Him!!!


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