From a worker in South Asia
The passing of Pari* has reminded me just how short and fragile life is.
To each of us opportunities are given to grasp what can be known of the Great Almighty God and respond to what He shows and asks us.
Do we ever really know what transpires in anyone’s last moments here on earth, or just exactly how God might speak to an individual’s heart and what the response might be? Of course we want to believe that dying souls say “yes” to Christ and escape eternal torment, but this remains unknown to us at this time. Our understanding is incomplete.
Aren’t we all dying every day, every moment? It is said that from the moment of birth we begin to die. In this fleeting life we are given, to how many God-given opportunities do we say, “yes”? How often do we say “yes” to Christ?
When He asked, “Will you go for me?”, we said “Yes.” And when He asked you to help, you said, “Yes.”
When He said, “Go into that neighborhood. Ignore the many voices that are telling you there is no good thing in there. Go in, just because I asked you.”, we said “yes” and went in.
When we had opportunity we shared truth, we prayed, we loved and loved some more those the world calls unlovely.
When you were asked you to pray you said, “Yes.” It was our request, but it was God who asked you because He knew how long Pari’s days were. Because you said “yes” by praying for a little girl that you had never met, you are receiving this news—and once again our gratitude for saying “yes.”
We only hope that we used every opportunity and continue to believe that God works in ways we do not understand or see. We confess He is Lord of all. No one passes without His knowing beforehand. He has taken authority over the great enemy, death.
So when we hear of Pari’s death we know we will miss her but are glad to know she had opportunity to hear of the God of her salvation. We do not know how she responded to what she heard and understood, and at this time we don’t know exactly how she died. We can only thank God she had opportunity to hear of a savior who is able to give victory over hell and death.
* “Pari” is an alias