“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” ~ I Thessalonians 4:13-14
In this day of non-stop technology, social networking and email eclipsing regular mail, you probably know someone who’s been hacked. Maybe it was their Facebook page, maybe it was their email, but whatever it was, you knew right away because suddenly they started sending you nonstop junk.
I got one of these emails today, but it was a little more jarring than usual. My phone dinged its cheerful little chime, telling me that I had a new message; I picked it up and read my husband’s name in the sender line.
For a split second, I thought God had relented on the heaven-to-earth email setup I’ve been bugging Him about, but then I realized that it probably wasn’t the case.
No, as it was, someone in Indonesia had cracked my husband’s password and promptly spammed everyone on his contact list. I was able to change his password and hopefully fix the situation, but it was still an unsettling moment.
And I think what was most unsettling was the heart-lurching moment of hope that preceded the crash of reality. Wouldn’t it have been amazing if the email really had been from my husband? What a moment that would have been. He was always a person who took the time to find the right words to say precisely what he wanted to, so an email from heaven would have been a descriptive missive to behold, I’m sure.
But after reality hit, I was left thankful that, even though it probably won’t be today, I will see him again. And get to talk him, too. I have that hope in Christ. It makes my heart hurt for all the people who lose someone and they don’t have that hope. Because for the unbelieving, earthly separation is truly the end. There won’t be a joyful reunion in eternity.
If you are a believer in Christ, thank God today that you don’t have to grieve as the world grieves. And while you’re at it, pray for those who don’t believe, that they might find Christ and the amazing hope that comes from Him.