Today, I received a phone call from a dear friend who shared the news that a mutual friend’s eldest son (she has two boys) died tragically last night in an automobile accident.
A phone call from the police summoning her and her husband to the hospital only to arrive and be told in person he was already gone.
Her son had in his short lived life achieved much. His BSc, his Masters in Information Security and was completing his Doctorate. He had just purchased a new car and his own home.
The eldest of proud Nigerian parents who struggled to forge a life for themselves and their children from scratch, are now left asking The Lord, “why? Why him and not one of us?”
My friend asked me what should she say to them?
I said, “For 10 years as an investigative reporter and producer, I traveled the country meeting with grieving families who shared one thing in common, the loss of a child, spouse, parent or sibling.
All were victims of murder, some too heinous to speak.
Before meeting with them I would always speak and pray to God for the right words to say during their season of pain. And He would answer: “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die, A time to plant and a time to uproot…— Ecclesiastes 3:2.
God was reminding me that no matter the circumstances surrounding someone’s death, not one of us leaves before our appointed time!!!! Not one! No matter how gruesome the circumstances, our life is in His Hands. He… the author and finisher of our lives.
To God Be The Glory in ALL THINGS, in and out of ALL seasons!
We are but a fleeting flicker in God’s timeline for our life! Don’t waste it!
Our mutual friend’s son had accomplished more in the first quarter century of his life, than most accomplish in three quarters of a century.
No man, woman or child knows when he or she, will be called back home.
Be vigilant, upright and living according to His Word until His return or yours to Heaven!