I went to pick up my food and talked with the co op leader for a while. She informed me that this lady had passed away suddenly. The woman was 56 years old and cancer was found in her body. She died rather quickly. The last time I saw her, she looked healthy. That was about 6 months ago, maybe.
As we were talking today, the co op leader expressed regret for not sharing the Gospel message with this woman. Honestly, I would have never had thought that the woman would be dead in a couple of months from when I met her.
Part of me is in shock over this, even though I barely knew the lady who had passed away. We don't know if she knew the Lord or not, but how sad to think that if she didn't, then there is no way to bring her back and tell her about the words of life that she needed to hear.
The other day, I was at the hospital, and when I was going down from the 11th floor, a man was also going down. He opened up and talked as the elevator made its way to the bottom floor. The man didn't know how he felt at that moment. They just took life support off his mom. He explained how fast everything happened, and now she was gone. I was speechless except I knew how to say, "I am sorry'.
I really need to be and to be attentive to situations like this. I do not have foreknowledge or wisdom to know what to say to people or how to bring the subject of the Gospel message up. Or maybe I am just not in faith for what God can do, and will do. Maybe I am so wrapped up in my own life, that I am not concerned enough about the souls of other people. Perhaps I am the one who needs a heart change and revisioning.
"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. "
James 4:13, 14 ESV