The Righteous Perish

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; 
the devout are taken away, and no one understands 
that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.

2 Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; 
they find rest as they lie in death

The righteous perish? Say what? There are many things that we won't understand until we see Jesus face to face. Like why some people are taken away from us earlier than we expected. Anytime I prepare to do a funeral service I think about this verse that the Lord showed me many years ago when someone close to me passed away giving birth to her first child. I was stunned by the suddenness and the timing. For quite some time I was dazed and confused. Oddly enough, I was able to find some comfort in the fact that she might have been taken early because of something troubling in her future. This may sound silly to you but whatever strategy you need to face things you do not understand ought to be embraced. I was able to move on as she entered that peace. As the years passed I was comforted by the understanding that God knows more than I do and that I should not question how He does what He does. I should trust Him. 
God holds the BIG picture and we only get to see pieces at a time. Do the best with the placement of each piece and one day, you too can see how this life of yours was designed to look.
May we all find rest at God's appointed time.

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