On March 28, 1998 my brother Rick went home to be with the Lord after battling cancer for 13 months. Yesterday marked 12 years since I have seen my brother, since I have been able to have a conversation with him, or since our family has been able to get together and have “everybody” present.
This past week in my Bible reading I came upon the following statement, “Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will heal thee…” These words were spoken to Hezekiah after he prayed and asked the Lord to extend his life. As I pondered those words, I thought of all the times I have prayed and cried to the Lord, and received a definite answer and assurance that God indeed heard my prayers, saw my tears, and met my needs…hallelujah!
You might wonder how those two points in my life meet together, because surely we had prayed that God would let Rick live longer, certainly we had prayed and cried to the Lord for his health, and yet the cancer took him. I can say with full assurance that indeed the Lord heard our prayers, saw our tears, and healed my brother. You see today Rick is living in the presence of God because we know that “whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord…We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” We have the promise of God as quoted in Revelation 21:3-5, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
I miss my brother everyday, yet I know that since the day he breathed his last breath here on earth and entered into the presence of God he has never shed a tear or felt the pain his cancer caused him; he is alive forever and in the presence of our Heavenly Father because of the salvation he received that is available to all of us through Jesus Christ! I rejoice as I write these words today because they are true and faithful.
Today the song on my heart is one of my brother’s favorite songs, “Unfailing Love.”
Unfailing love flows from His heart and heals my soul
In spite of who I am He loves and makes me whole
I almost can’t believe its true – “unfailing love”
And yet I know He gave His life to give to me unfailing love
Ladies, if you are going through a trial right now, I pray that you will know that God sees your tears, He hears your prayers, and He has an unfailing love for you.
Have a wonderful day!