Earlier this week a high school classmate was called from this life to be with the Lord. To those who were really close to her, this was indeed a blow. This is the year that most of us turned 40, a milestone of sorts, an age where we should be celebrating nuptials, baby showers, advanced degrees, and new businesses, it shakes us to our core when we have to face the death of a peer. At age 40, we’ve lived a little bit but in our mind we’re no older than we were the day we graduated high school or college even. There is a small corner of our psyche where the thoughts of being immortal lives until it hits us head on that we are not. My classmate’s battle with Lupus came to an end in the year that she turned 40.
Death is a lot to digest and it’s even more difficult when the death happens at what we deem to be a young age. So many questions come into our minds as we prepare to bury a classmate, not someone 80 or 90 years old but someone who was only 40. I viewed many FaceBook posts that asked the question, “Why?” Why so young? Why now? God, why couldn’t you send a healing? Why? It is natural to have these questions and even natural to feel sadness, disappointment and even anger, it’s all apart of the grief process. But even while we are in this process and have these questions we have to also know that God is in total control. Even when the situation doesn’t go the way we would have liked, God is in control. Even when things get rough, cloudy, uncertain, and unfavorable God is still in control.
The Bible says that ‘no man knows the day or the hour that the Son of Man will return, therefore be ready’ (Matthew 24:36-44). I pray for each person reading this that you are settled in your soul’s salvation because tomorrow is indeed not promised to any of us. This set of scriptures make mention that if you knew a thief was coming to your house, you would make preparations so that your house would not be broken into. We make preparations for everything from college, weddings, activities for our children, for City College High School Homecoming and the list goes on. My prayer is that you are making preparation for your soul. Salvation is a free gift from God. It tells us in Romans 10:9-10, “9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” It is that simple.
I pray for the family of Tiffany Cruse and her very close friends and classmates. I pray that you feel the warmth of God’s comfort during this time for He is indeed a Comforter. I pray that he calms your anxiety and uneasiness and gives you the strength to make it through this time and the days ahead. Most of all, I pray for your salvation and for a strengthened relationship with Christ. I pray that from this day forward, you make your calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10) on where you will spend eternity when you are called.
My prayers and condolences go out to all of you.