I write these words on Thursday, December 16, 2010. On this day in 1989, our oldest son, Jim, fell while climbing a mountain in Mexico (The little mountain was called, Lighthouse Hill). He struck his head on a rock before falling into the ocean. He was serving in the United States Navy. On a Sunday night, after returning home from church, two Naval officers were at our door with the sad news. When I opened the door and saw them standing there, my heart stirred. I knew this was bad news and it was. My wife, Brenda, and me, were numb with the pain this news brought to our minds and hearts.
Jim had surrendered his life to be a missionary. He was anxious for his tour of service to be over in the Navy. However, His Heavenly Father called him home before that work could begin. On second thought, Perhaps he had already started that work. After his death we received letters from various people he had met along his Navy sea routes. We learned of his dedication and spiritual work he had been doing while serving in the Navy. He had touched the lives of many and shared his love for Jesus. We knew Jim was a dedicated Christian, we didn’t know the depths of that Christian dedication until we heard from those with whom he had shared his faith and devotion.
Though we know and have full assurance where Jim is today, that does not keep our hearts from aching, nor does it keep us from wondering could we have done more for him and with him while he was with us. We salute his memory and know that we shall see him again on that other Shore. There were times I thought, how sad, Jim was all alone on the side of that mountain when his foot slipped and he fell to his death. I no longer have those thoughts. I have come to know that he was not alone at all. God was right there with him. That thought comforts me and comforts the heart of my dear, sweet wife.
The words of Dr. Adrian Rogers (who, himself, is already in Heaven) touched my heart and caused me to reflect on my son. I pray Dr. Rogers’ words will be special to you. Find a way to be a blessing to some special soul today. If you have sons or daughters make sure you hug them and tell them you love them. If they are away from home give them a call or send a letter or email. Don’t let your love go unexpressed. God bless you.
For Thou Art with Me
Devotional thought from the messages of Adrian Rogers
Psalm 23:4 – “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.”
There’s nothing, my friend, that will bring you more face-to-face with God than going through the dark valleys of life. When you are there, you are going to cling to His garments and hold onto His hand. You won’t stray far from the fold in the dark. Do you believe that He is with you? The ultimate Sovereign is your loving Savior. You will not have to cross Jordan alone. You will not appear before the judgment of a Holy God alone. You are not going to die alone.
What a joyful promise! You are not alone! Write these words on a card and post it in a place where you can see it all the time: “I am not alone. God is with me.”