“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-4
Just outside of San Francisco, there is a beautiful green knoll that overlooks Half Moon Bay. As you approach it, you can see the glistening of shiny objects in the grass. But, as you draw nearer, you are overtaken by the thundering sound of hundreds of whirly-gigs spinning uncontrollably as the ocean breeze catches their delicate arms. It is the deafening sound of collective sorrow, of toys left behind for children who no longer need them - and that is where my beautiful grandson Micah lies.
Micah, our golden-haired, blue-eyed boy, died unexpectedly during his afternoon nap on Good Friday, 2017. While we might argue that 20 months is far too short a life – it was exactly the right amount of time for Micah to do what God purposed for him to do here on earth.
The day of Micah’s funeral, was sunny, beautiful and warm. It was amazing how many journeyed to support us – Christian and non-believers alike. One-by-one, friends of my daughter and son-in-law came up and said wonderful words about Micah and his impact. But the most memorable came when Micah’s Grandpa Morgan got up and proclaimed the gospel message to the hundred or so mourners. He spoke so eloquently and with such conviction that you could have heard a pin drop! I’ve thought many times since then what seeds were planted in that message that would not ever have been planted had this tragedy not occurred.
Through Micah’s extraordinary life and death, I have learned many lessons.
- Life is a gift, God has a plan, and we all have a purpose.
- Tomorrow is not guaranteed so make the most of every day, every encounter, and every opportunity.
- Our sorrow is not unique and because it is not – we can help others.
There are definitely seasons in our lives – and each season has purpose. In this season, we have suffered, grown, loved, been loved and God has provided. He has brought people into our lives that have suffered similar loss and as a result of our loss, we are able to be of kingdom service in giving others the great hope that we have. Because Jesus defeated death, hell and the grave we look forward to an eternal season in which there will be no tears, where we will be healed, and where we will dance!