“I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.”
Yesterday started out as a day filled with anticipated excitement at my church for two reasons: it was the fourth day of Vacation Bible School, the one in which children would have a formal opportunity to make a decision for Christ, and it was the morning a group of high school kids and chaperones would begin their trek for a mission trip to Botswana.
As the sun shone beautifully in the morning sky outside, inside the church children were singing fun VBS songs and hearing about the depth of Jesus’ love for them. In my class, I had the great joy of seeing two fourth grade boys accept Christ. In that very moment these two children made the step from eternal death to eternal life! Just as we were rejoicing about this here on earth, I know the angels were rejoicing in heaven!
Just a few hours later, as the church bus headed to Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, a few miles from the airport, the bus flipped, resulting in multiple serious injuries and one death. While we might want to question how could this happen, as Christians, we know God is in control. He always has a plan, and nothing takes Him by surprise. We are reeling in grief, but we do not lose hope. Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ, and so was Sarah Harmening’s. We all grieve in the loss of 17-year-old Sarah , but we can also rest in the fact that in her last moment, she made the step from life on earth to eternal life in heaven.
In a simple moment, faith can take you from the temporary to the eternal. Make your hope in Christ alone, and tell others about Christ. Don’t delay or miss a moment, because life is just a step from one place and time to another.