“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be absent from the body and present with the Lord. ” 2 Corinthians 5:8
I just heard the news from my long time mentor/friend’s husband. Kay went on ahead of us; straight into the arms of her beloved Jesus. Our precious Kay suffered for over three years with colon and liver cancer. She fought the good fight. She kept the faith and at this writing; she’s been about twelve hours in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Absent from the body; present with the Lord.”
Over three years ago; she and her husband David, had just moved to Palm Coast, Florida, into a beautiful home right on a waterway. They both love flowers; so there was a plethora of color surrounding their back porch and pool area. The last time I visited, the peach trees were in blossom. So it is not only beautiful on the outside but altogether lovely on the inside.
Kay and David had only been living in Palm Coast approximately three months; when Kay began to have some pretty severe abdominal pain. Thinking it was probably her gall bladder, she ignored it for a short time. Finally, she became so uncomfortable; she had to go into the hospital for tests.
While in the Florida hospital; she dozed a bit while waiting to have her tests done. She had a vision of Jesus coming to her and saying, “You are not alone. I will walk with you in this journey. I will be with you all the way.” In Kay’s vision, she said she looked down to see she had on a yellow gown.
While battling severe diabetes; Kay’s beloved brother, also in a hospital in West Virginia, spoke with Kay on the phone. He happened to mention that he had on a yellow gown, different from other gowns he had worn while hospitalized. Kay remembered her own yellow gown in the vision, as her brother explained to her; “A yellow gown is code to the hospital staff, that you are never to walk alone. You must have assistance, every time you need to get out of bed.”
What powerful affirmation to my dear sister and friend in Christ. The yellow stood for never walking alone.
Even in the valley of the shadow of death, she should fear no evil, for her Jesus was with her. (from Psalm 23)
Jesus kept His promise to walk beside her all the way to the end. Now she is walking on streets of brilliant yellow gold. No more sorrow. No more pain. No more suffering. No more crying again. Forever with the One to whom she gave her heart so long ago. Hallelujah!
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, be with David as he grieves the loss of his wife of so many years. Comfort him with Your precious Holy Spirit. Thank You for the knowledge of Kay’s salvation in Jesus Christ. As Kay died, one day, so must we. What a glorious day when we will see Him and Kay again! Thank You Jesus for eternal life in Christ. In His Name we offer up this prayer. Amen