Last night I had an interesting rest. While I slept well, thoughts that I had that evening made their way into my dreams. Now I am a person who dreams often and feel that I have begun to be able to discern when my dreams are messages vs. thoughts that manifest themselves into dreams. These were thoughts into dreams.
With that being said this morning when I woke I determined that I wasn’t going to go back to bed. I got my coffee and sat at my computer to begin to search for information to post on Fellowship. I thought for a while about ideas I could write about and then my morning went in another direction. I opened up my Facebook page and Twitter account and began to post the following to friends and family: “Good Morning and God Bless. Have a beautiful day and when obstacles come to distract you, smile and know God’s got it!” The more I copied and pasted the short inspiration the more my spirit spoke to me and said, “God is in you! This morning put yourself into God”. As I did the more at peace I began to feel. My spirits were lifted and I felt stronger.
As the morning progressed I looked at a friends FB Page only to find out that a college friend had passed. Monroe Brown had died at 41 years old. He had been on the Penn State Basketball Team when I was in school and led the team at one of their Highest Points. Wow, was not expecting to read that. As soon as I left from reading that news the next post I read was about another college friend who had died this weekend as well. James Reynold Thompson 44, the nice guy who never had a harsh word for anyone. He had been on FB Sunday talking about the Oprah/Bobbi Kristina Interview and now he too is gone. In addition to the fact that my mother just called yesterday to announce the passing of our church organist, Edgar was around my age and a Fraternity Brother. He had played at church on Sunday and his roommate found him Monday morning. The last time I saw him was when he played while I sang at my Grandmother’s funeral. Who knew it would be the last time.
I say all of this in some what a state of shock and disbelief. I know I am not as young as I was few years ago but I also don’t feel that my friends and I are at the age where we are having to say goodbye in such rapid succession. However more importantly I say this to say, God prepares us for life and death. I thank God for urging me to seek his face with such vigor this morning. To allow His peace to have already rested on me before reading about my friends. While stunned I am able to Thank Him for his wonderful works for He knows and understands what we simply can’t comprehend.
I learned a valuable lesson today that I want to share. So many times we wait for the storm to arise, we wait to be knee deep in the mess and then we run to God for help. However what I realized this morning is that God will not only rescue or assist us for life. If we are always seeking His face, fearfully worshiping Him, talking to Him, He will also prepare us before the storm. Nothing like already having an umbrella on a stormy day!
Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
— 1 Chronicles 16:11
To my friends, while your journeys on earth have ended. I pray that your everlasting life with God has just begun. God’s peace and comfort to your families.