Sweet sleep

When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.  Proverbs 3:24

He [Jesus] did not let anyone follow Him except Peter, James and John. When they came to the home of the synagogue ruler, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at Him.

After He put them all out, He took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with Him, and went in where the child was. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!” Immediately the little girl got up and walked around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat. Mark 5:37-43.

Steve Prefontaine's grave marker

Photo credit: The Happy Rower)

Just as this little girl was asleep in death until Jesus woke her up, my son is asleep in death until Jesus returns and wakes Him up with a blast on a trumpet. And then the loud shout heard around the world! . No time zones to deal with when He returns.

Our son’s marker looks something like this one pictured here only it’s a flat granite slab topped with bronze. It has the usual distinctions that make it his and no one else’s. What makes it special in addition to his name are the words printed below his name, “Asleep in Jesus, Mark 5:39”. Pardon me if I don’t include a personal picture here. Besides the fact that I am not good at it; it’s personal and painful.

The important and vital part of this blog are the words: “Asleep in Jesus”. Therein lies our hope. Therein lies your hope if you too are grieving. Death is a sleep. That’s the word Jesus used to describe the little girl’s death. Granted, it is a nap long overdue to be over. I wanted to see my son alive the minute I saw him dead. You desire the same, right? It is hard to be patient. To wait. But God‘s timing is not ours and He won’t delay one nano second longer than necessary.

So sleep sweet son. It won’t be long!

 

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