TWO YEARS AGO, my friend Carol and her husband came to visit. I had written the following post, “Meeting Face to Face,” after our time together. Little did Carol know then that she would be diagnosed with a brain tumor almost two years later. This coming Monday, Carol will undergo a 6 to 10 hour surgery to remove the tumor. Carol shared with me that she has her life in order and knows God is walking ahead of her preparing the way. She completely trusts Him and is at peace with whatever may happen. If you get a moment over the next few days, please send a prayer Carol’s way. We know God hears our prayers and miracles happen. In honor of my friend, I am re-posting “Meeting Face to Face.” I love you, Carol.
Meeting Face to Face
I EAGERLY WAITED for Tuesday evening to arrive. The anticipation was almost overwhelming. My friend Carol and her husband were in town, and I had invited them for supper. It had been several years since our last visit. I could hardly wait to see her.
I met Carol in 1984 when I lived in Texas. She was my neighbor, and we attended the same church. Our friendship formed quickly and grew stronger throughout the year. When I moved to Indiana the summer of 1985, we were both devastated, but continued to stay in contact. The distance in miles didn’t seem to matter when we were just a phone call away.
Although the phone was readily available, we didn’t call very often. Sometimes, days and months would go by between our calls. Yet, when either one of us faced uncertainty or strife, both seemed to sense it at the same time. Before long, the phone would ring; the soothing voice we longed to hear on the other end. It was uncanny how many times a call would come at just the right moment.
A couple of weeks ago, Carol sent me a text to say she would be in my area to camp. I was elated. She had talked for years about coming to visit me, and now she was actually going to be here. I couldn’t wait to see her face to face and give her a hug one more time.
During the next few days, while thinking of Carol and our long distance relationship, I realized I have another long distance friend. One I’ve never seen, but talk to daily. A friend who knows my heart completely. A friend who loves me at all times and knows my deepest, darkest secrets. A friend who shares my joy, and one who mourns my sorrows. A friend who comforts me when I cry, and one who sings over me while I sleep. My ever-present, long-distance friend is Jesus. He is with me every minute of every day, despite the fact we reside in different realms.
As I thought about seeing Carol on Tuesday, I thought about the day I will meet my friend Jesus face to face. I wait with excited anticipation for that day. I long to see His face, His smile, and feel His arms wrap around me. I envision what that day will be like, and what we will talk about. Perhaps we won’t talk about anything, but just silently enjoy being in each other’s presence.
I came across an old hymn I used to sing in church that encapsulates how I feel about Jesus. Following is the first verse of the song:
Jesus Is All the World to Me
by Will L. Thompson
Jesus is all the world to me,
My life, my joy, my all;
He is my strength from day to day,
Without Him I would fall;
When I am sad, to Him I go,
No other one can cheer me so;
When I am sad, He makes me glad,
He’s my friend.
When Carol and her husband pulled into our driveway, we both smiled and embraced. It was wonderful to be with her again. We enjoyed our evening together. The hours seemed like minutes, and before long, it was time for her to leave. Our visit ended way too soon. Saying goodbye was tough, but we knew we would always be together in our hearts. And like before – just a phone call away.
Saying goodbye is never easy, yet in this life we say goodbye often. Unlike saying goodbye to Carol; however, when I meet Jesus face to face, I will never have to say goodbye. I will spend eternity with Him by my side. I long for that day. The day I stand in His presence. But until then, He is just a prayer, conversation, or thought away.
“Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, NIV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for sending Jesus to be my friend. I have no other friend like Him. I pray for those who don’t know the loving bonds of friendship with our Savior. I ask You to send Him their way. Help them to find Jesus in the midst of their life. Let them discover the love He has for them. In my friend Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
SHARE YOUR COMMENTS: If you would like to leave a message or prayer for Carol, please do so in the comment section below. She reads my blogs and follows me on Facebook. Any encouraging words would be appreciated. Blessings to you.
Thompson, Will L. Jesus is All the World to Me. 1904. Public Domain. If you receive my posts via email and want to see a picture of Carol and I, click on my picture a the top of the blog post and you will be taken to the Spun By The Potter website.