Unless something extremely supernatural happens very soon, an amazing woman will be leaving this earth. Her husband will take her hand, that he has been holding with the determination that only comes from lifelong love and endearment, and place it into the hands of God. From there, she will enter eternity completely healed, and with a new and perfect body that she has gone a lifetime waiting to have. And, I know the first words from God will be “Well done, my good and faithful servant….well done. Welcome home”. She will be able to rest in the peace of our Savior and Lord, who has been perfecting His plan in her for decades.
As a Christian, I am comforted a lot by that belief. I never really say goodbye to a Christian- more of an “I’ll catch you later”, but it’s still sad and I still grieve their physical absence. There is still a void created by the earthly loss of that person. And, yet their pain and suffering are gone. They no longer have the limitations of earth, or their physical conditions. I’ve thought about that when several people I’ve known have passed on…they don’t really ‘die’ per se…they change addresses. 🙂
The doctors have determined that my friend no longer has brain function. In many ways, those words are even harder than someone ‘simply’ dying a physical death, since it requires decisions that no family member should ever have to make. Her dear husband is getting another doctor to examine her, to confirm or refute the findings. And, those of us praying are still hoping for supernatural intervention. There is nothing too hard for God, and yet He doesn’t always choose to perform miracles when those confined to earthly knowledge want them. His plan will be perfect no matter what happens. I might not understand His purposes now, but that’s OK. I still believe He has things moving along to serve His purposes, and that’s good enough for me.
I’ll still cry (and have been), and I’ll still miss Mary Kay Meeker. I’ll still pray for her dear husband Greg, that he feels some sort of peace as he gets used to a new normal for his life. I’ll still remember all of the amazing things about MK that I know about her from the time I was a camper, and also on summer staff at Timber-lee Christian Center. We didn’t stay in touch for many years, but her impact didn’t require continuous contact. My life has been made so much better by having known her, and reconnecting this year via FaceBook. I can’t even estimate how many lives she’s touched over the years- but it’s got to be in the tens of thousands. I first met her as a camper in 1972… I last saw her on July 14, 2012. She was as vibrant as ever, tooling around in a golf cart before coming inside, where we had some time to talk, along with Greg. It was so wonderful to see them both, as Greg had had some serious health concerns. I’m so thankful for that time.
So, I’m writing this while Mary Kay is still resting in that ICU bed. I’m not going to say goodbye. If I could, I’d let her know everything she has meant to me (and should have done so before now- there’s a life lesson in that for anybody), and how much she’ll be missed, but hold on to a table at the coffee shop in Heaven… I’ll track her down up there one day. I’d tell her that her ability to introduce people to Jesus in a real way has sustained me during some pretty dark days. She is one of a handful of people who have made my walk with God personal. I learned a lot of ‘real life’ ways to know God.
So, Mary Kay- thank you! Your impact in my life isn’t measurable. You made a difference by being yourself. You touched my life in ways that started 40 years ago, and never stopped (and won’t). You have that amazing combination of humor, compassion, and sincerity that most people don’t begin to understand. I will miss you. But I’ll see ya later. God has His hand outstretched, and He’s ready to take yours when the time is right. Just as your hand was given to Greg at your wedding, Greg will hand you back to our Heavenly Father.