I went to a funeral last week where we grieved and remembered and we also hoped. Most funerals are sad, some are tragic. This one was tragic as my friend’s 10-year-old boy had died suddenly in almost unthinkable fashion. This one left you questioning and grasping for “why?”
I don’t know why, but I do know this; without the perspective to even offer up the “why” there is absolutely no hope. If limited to the temporal scope of considerations, this one just sucks; nothing more, nothing less. It’s only with the faith to believe beyond the immediate that hope can be found.
The services attracted thousands offering their love, support and condolences to a family that is rooted in and lives from a faith that is mature. As I was standing in the sanctuary taking in the room, beyond the grief, I sensed a hint of hope.
I texted Julie and told her of my perception that hope was in the room. She texted back almost instantly, “It’s Jesus.”
That is so right. The reason there was a whisper piercing the crying was Jesus. He is known by the family and depended on in good times and bad. So much so, in fact, that as the family’s pastor was addressing the media on their behalf for the first time following the fatal accident, the pastor received specific instructions on how to represent the family. “Go preach Jesus,” my friend told his pastor.
In the middle of tragedy and grief, this families heart was to minister to others. Sure, they have a process they are in and will be going through. That process will include all kinds of difficult emotions and practical challenges. Instinct, however, was and is Jesus.
Hope doesn’t disappoint. Jesus is faithful. Despite the setbacks, hurts, failures and challenges, God is good and He is faithful. He doesn’t kill little boys and He doesn’t forget grieving families.
“Yeah, but what about . . .” doubters, scoffers and contrarians argue. They use facts to attempt to combat the truth and their evidence can, at times, be compelling. Compelling right up to its limitation of hope. Compelling right up to its limitation of Jesus.
It’s only with the hope of an eternal perspective that hearts turn to helping others even when they are broken hearts needing healing themselves. Little Caleb’s life was too short. His blink of an earthly lifetime, compared to eternity, is not much different from ours. Are you living in the hope of Jesus with an eternal perspective? He is the only One with more life to offer beyond the blink we all get.