TODAY THE WORDS are HOW BIG or HOW SMALL. In life, I am convinced lessons come from all walks of life and certain events which project us into deep thought. I had such a lesson and projection while attending a memorial service for a fairly young niece of my husband. In respect, I chose not to write on this until a little time passed. It was a very strong feeling and I haven’t been able to shake the thought of the message and lesson.
Her death was quite sudden but not shockingly unexpected. Denise had a lot of serious health issues and had been dealing with them for several years. She was acutely diabetic, had heart problems, asthma, and was seriously overweight since she wasn’t even 5′ tall. She was on many medications but as many people do; she wasn’t in control of her diseases. Even knowing all of this and the risks and dangers of the diseases; we were still shocked with the news of her death. Even 51 is still a short life and it was sad to say the least.
It was not until the memorial service, it began to seem real to all of us. I felt we were in shock at the news of her death. Greg and I sat down in one of the family’s pews before the service started and even though I knew she had expressed she wanted to be cremated, I looked at the urn and it was such a strong message which churned my heart and mind. When a lot of people pass, the funeral or service is a demonstration of how “large in life” this person was with the display of a large ornate casket surrounded by many floral arrangements or plants. It can give the viewers a large persona of respect.I am not advocating cremation over traditional burial so please understand it is only the message I want to share.
Denise had struggled with her weight as well as illnesses and there in a small urn; it was clear in the final dimension; she appeared so tiny. When I felt the message coming; it didn’t relate to Denise at all but to the world at large. The message came to me “In Life, we may have physical bodies which during life’s course become bigger. Sometimes it is our pride or ego which swells and our self worth blows up out of proportion and we feel bigger than life itself. Our material possessions give us a huge feeling of worth and we forget or never know how small we actually are in the universe. In the end, no matter how ‘big’ we feel in life; we are tiny specks in reality.”
Now for the deeper thought….At the time I felt the realization of how small we are when the shrouds of life are absent; I felt the true meaning of the message entering my mind and heart. It is not our body or stature which is big; it is our soul which has no boundaries and is the part of us which is limitless from Our Maker’s creation. If we live in a manner to allow our souls to soar freely with God’s love; we will reach an eternity which we soar and fly without any constraints this life possesses. No matter how big or how small; God loves us all.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
John 5:24 English Standard Version
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, <sup abp="1141" class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-26223A" data-link="(A)”>whoever hears my word and <sup abp="1142" class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-26223B" data-link="(B)”>believes him who sent me has eternal life. He <sup abp="1143" class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-26223C" data-link="(C)”>does not come into judgment, but <sup abp="1144" class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-ESV-26223D" data-link="(D)”>has passed from death to life.
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