Cemeteries are proof that life has gone sideways, and that one day, all God’s accounting will be settled. Wrongs will be righted, and the ledger will be balanced, perfectly.
The epitaphs are a reminder that God is true. As He has handled life rather easily, it is just as certain He can handle death. The words upon the stone speak to eternity, today.
He will make all things new. We are reminded by the brilliant mind of Paul that the seed planted in the ground, bears no resemblance to the flower that will be. Isn’t it nice of God to speak to us through nature, that we neither be lost as fog regarding His purpose, nor unsettled in His ability to keep His promises, so the planting and the harvest are gentle reminders that the sorrows of death will change to great joy. Just not yet.
I’m not big on pomp or circumstance, but I hope it rains the day of my funeral. Plants need a little water to get started. Just a little. Like a mist that waters from the ground up. Wasn’t that God’s initial watering too? So delicate, so caring for the plants, a light mist, nothing heavy or cumbersome.
He thinks of everything and His ways are always perfect. But before that day, we are called to rest in peace……….while we live. And we do that, in Him. While it takes but a moment to partake of peace with God, it takes a thousand lifetimes to know the peace of God. In this is rest.
Oh how many be the ways He reveals Himself, through creation, understanding, wisdom, love, joy, sorrow, suffering, sanctification, redemption, patience, arithmetic, biology, geology, astronomy, the alphabet, music, through our ears, eyes, through our youth, through summer, through winter, and through the cadence of that babbling brook which gives us insight into the hands of God for bringing such beauty to our senses, for Him giving us the ability to also create, (which ability He withheld from the jackal) and for all His ways in which we give thanks.
How good is God who reminds us to REST, today, tomorrow, and forever more. His words upon the stone are most reliable. His word is very good.