Somewhere in March I blogged with a heading “The Epitaph”. Two days ago I blogged about the funeral I attended. My mind is still stuck there.
When I think of Miet (the woman that was buried), I see her dancing in worship. That is the first thing that comes to my mind every time I think of her. And all the people I spoke to about her agree. That is what we will remember.
It scared me. What will people remember about me? I am honest if I say I am to afraid to ask, so don’t answer. Have you thought about that? What memory will you leave behind? Will it be a good one?
This is serious food for thought.
I was at a funeral today. Not because I wanted to go, but because I had to go. Not because it was somebody close to me being buried, but because I was the pianist.
It’s hard sitting up there looking down on these people who are weeping so bitterly. Every time I can’t help myself, I weep with them. Not because of my loss, but because of their loss.
The pastor who did the memorial service is my brother. Years ago he promised God that he would never let an opportunity to evangelize people slip through his fingers. And he doesn’t. He keeps his promise. On every funeral I have attended with him, he preached the gospel on a funeral. And today again he told the people straight – “if you want to see this woman again, sort your life out and walk a road with Jesus”. You see, the woman who died is surely now dancing in front of God’s throne. My strongest memory I have of her, is her dancing in church in worship to God. It must be amazing.
If I should die before my brother does, he must do my memorial service and preach the gospel, exactly like he did today. Two thirds of the church got up to give their hearts to Jesus. I think it would be very cool if people would get born again on my funeral. Not that I want to die soon! Don’t get me wrong.
I want to get old with my husband if Jesus doesn’t come before then. But we can’t plan so far ahead, now can we? So are you ready to die? Do you know where you are going if you should die tonight? Will your loved ones have hope of seeing you again?
Do you know where that saying comes from? It comes from the Bible. Genesis 11 to be exact. Read this passage.
The Tower of Babel
1 Now the whole earth had one language and one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and they dwelt there.3 Then they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They had brick for stone, and they had asphalt for mortar. 4 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
5 But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6And the LORD said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. 7Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. 9 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the LORD confused the language of all the earth; and from there the LORD scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.
These people wanted to build a tower to get into the heavens – with other words they were elevating themselves against God. But that is not the most important in this passage. The most important is the piece in red.
God made us in His image. Nothing you plan to do will be impossible for you to reach. Nothing you plan to achieve will be impossible for you. God didn’t change the genetic make-up of people at the tower of Babel – He merely confused them with different languages. You and I can still achieve anything we wish. As long as you are not elevating yourself against God in the process. As long as you don’t forget about God in the process. As long as God is part of your planning – the sky is the limit!
What goals do you have? If you don’t have goals, I dare to say you are not living anymore, you are merely existing. What do you want to achieve? Think about it. Make a list. Start getting yourself motivated and fired up to reach whatever your goals is. Put a picture of your goal somewhere where you will see it every day. Whenever you get a bit discouraged, look at the picture and hear God whisper in your ear: “whatever your mind can conceive and belief, you can achieve”.