I moved into a new office this week at work. It's great working with young guys who don't want the "old man" to hurt himself, so I watched as these two young guns moved desks and book cases like they were children's furniture. Once in this new space I arraigned my pictures. I have four great shots that I have bragged about to any and all who would listen. Three pictures are of my precious family, Sonya, Luke and Tyler. The fourth is a picture of my brother Steve. It is a snap shot of him sitting in a hotel room in Canada. He was on a mission trip, meeting with church leaders and developing strategies of how to reach their communities for Christ. I could see the intensity on his face, as he pondered the great need for God in that place. This picture was taken shortly before he passed away into the arms of our Lord. What went through my mind was a conversation we had about a week before his final day on this earth.
He told me how excited he was to have been used by the Lord to help others while there in Canada. Not surprising, he was always helping others develop their strengths or discovering the gifts God had blessed them with. What stops me in my tracks though was the part of the conversation when Steve told me that for the first time in his 30 years of serving God, he had no clear picture of the future. He expressed to me that day, that he always had a strong sense of what God wanted him to do. For those who really knew Steve this is no new found revelation. He was in step with God throughout his time on this earth in a way that only the true spiritual giants experienced. But for that moment he was not sure what the future had for him.
I asked, "Is that frightening, not knowing what's next?" He laughed and said, "Danny, God is in control. When I need to know, I will know."
Psalm 56:3, 4 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid."
Steve had no fear while living, and had no fear in dying. If you find yourself today living in fear, know God is in control. He will not forsake you, His mercies are new every morning. Live each moment as if it were your last, love those around you and cling to God. If you are not sure what the day will bring it's okay, remember, when you need to know, you will know.