Sunday, March 3, 2013

What WAS He Smiling At?

There is a mother/daughter team who comes to my weekly Bible study. The daughter must be about my age, her mother is 92. Both of them are beautifully spiritual with a grace, love, and joy that is astounding.  

They walked in on Thursday with smiles on their faces, but quickly shared with us that the mother's son/the daughter's brother died in our last snow storm while shoveling snow. He was 58. 

They shared the story: The mother was waiting to serve him lunch as he was shoveling her driveway.  She waited and waited. Finally there was a knock at her front door. She opened it to find policemen standing there. This is how she heard the news that her son had died.

A vehicle had driven down the block and saw a man lying face-up in the snow and phoned 911. The police took photographs of the scene and later brought one of the photos to the mother.

Her son, although dead in the snow, had a smile on his face. The police could not get over it. "What was he smiling at?", seemed to haunt them.

Mother/daughter know. He saw Jesus as his last breath left his body and he traveled Home! This son/brother was a single man who served Jesus his whole adult life. A great reward awaits him.

All of us around our giant table cried. 

Except mother and daughter. They comforted us with smiles on their faces. Joy, unspeakable and - truly - full of glory abounded in them... spite of their grieving for a son/brother they deeply love and ache for.

How can this be? Because this mother/daughter team knows God's Word. Believes God's Word. Therefore, they KNOW where their son/brother is.  And the result is peace. Peace that surpasses all understanding, which guards their hearts and minds.

We all have that hope set before us: Heaven. Glorious, tears-no-more Heaven. Physical and emotional pain-no-more Heaven.  Heaven, where peace and joy, grace and love are an eternal way of life.

And of course Glorious Jesus Christ to welcome us Home...

Oh, I cannot wait!

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Betty said...

What a of how the peace of God can turn one into an encouager. You all witness God walking in with those two ladies...thanks for sharing this Diane. I just lost a cousin back in Illinois and everytime I talked to her family I can hear the peace of God in their voice. She had a long hard struggle with cancer but never lost her sweet smile. Good thoughts for a Sunday morning. Blessings friend.

Floyd said...

What a great testimony to a lost world. No fear as death comes. Only God can arrange joy in death. The faith and hope of your friends are such an encouragement. The more we serve God the more we serve others... And we bring a smile to the face of our Father. How can we help but smile when the God of all things smiles at us?

Wonderful story and hope.

A Joyful Noise said...

This was a witness to the police and those who took the photographs of the son/brother smiling as he was welcomed home. Thanks for sharing this sweet testimony of encouragement!

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, Betty, I'm sorry for your loss. Bless God she is suffering no more and for her sweet smile that your heart holds on to.

Diane Ronzino said...

Oh, Amen, Floyd, Amen!

Diane Ronzino said...

Yes, Hazel, I do believe that those who witnessed him lying there in the snow will not forget. It will cause their hearts to seek. And we know the results of those who seek!

A Joyful Noise said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet testimony at "Tell Me a Story." I am told by a funeral director, that they cannot change the look on the deceased persons face. A smile was registered here as he saw into the glory land and Jesus was smiling back.

Diane Ronzino said...

Wow, I did not know that Hazel. Thank you for sharing that!