“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me . . . . to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3
Today I saw a portion of the plans and purposes of God in Becky’s life. I spent a sweet hour and a half with a young friend of mine just talking about life. This young woman is someone Becky grew to love a great deal during the last couple of years of her life. As their relationship grew Becky began to share Jesus with her and ultimately my friend gave her life to Jesus. I remember so vividly getting to be there when she was baptized. She had her husband and little girl with her and she was large with child awaiting the birth of their next little girl. Not long after she was baptized Becky died, but the life of Jesus birthed in my friend has gone deep and blossomed beautifully.
She shared with me the impact that knowing Jesus and being in touch with Him has made in her role as a social worker counseling men and women mandated to a domestic violence program. She talked with joy about Jesus and what He has meant to her most cherished relationships. She puzzled over struggles she is facing now, but always coming back to how to glorify Jesus in the midst of each situation. She shared with me a time when she and Becky were working out together and Becky made a prophetic statement about her yet to be life in Jesus that she can actually see being worked out now.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m continually looking for the good and the redemption that I know will come out of the ashes of losing Becky. Today I saw bountiful redemption in this lovely Christ-follower and friend. As I drove home after our visit I was in tears – the strangest mix of extreme joy blended into a sweet sorrow. I miss Becky, but the ripple effect of the shining life of this one young woman who knew and loved Becky and through her met her Lord is wonderfully amazing. I can’t help but praise Him!
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Psalms 37:5-6