But, Dr. David Shibley, the amazing man that led part of the service, said it beautifully. He said, “Because of Jesus Christ, our pain is all wrapped up in promise!” Promise that sweet Smith is in Heaven. Promise that, if we believe, we will get to see him one day. And, promise that, in his too short 11 days of life, he fulfilled God’s purpose for him.
Dr. Shibley reminded us that in that week and a half, people were brought to pray at the throne of God in a way that would not have been done otherwise…and that the outpouring of faith, hope and love during that time was indescribable.
Ephesians 4:20 says, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory…” Even though we would have hoped that Jesus had chosen to heal Smith and give him a long life on earth, He knew that this was was His way of doing immeasurably more.
So, since Smith’s passing on the 10th of May, my prayers have changed from “heal his body…may this little man be a living miracle...” to “continue to change people through the short life that he lived…may they see Your face in the situation and in his sweet family…may they HAVE to know You because of this little man and his testimony!”
When I hugged Kori at the funeral (with my BIG and very obvious belly in our way), I grieved with her. And, even though pain and heartache is obviously there, the peace and strength that she exudes (especially as she spoke so beautifully at her son’s funeral) could only come from her precious relationship with Jesus Christ.
It is true that I am better for knowing her and her family, and I am very thankful for her friendship. Sadly, Smith & Nash won’t be the “cool buddies” that we were dreaming of them being, but I’m thankful that they’ll get to meet in Heaven one day. And, I can rest assured that playgroups are much more fun there anyway.
…Please continue to pray for this family. They are precious to us and I want them to truly experience the peace that surpasses all understanding. (Philippians 4:7)