Earlier this past week, I received devastating news via Facebook about an old friend from my past. I won’t say his full name, but we called him Jean. He died of suicide.
I hadn’t spoken with Jean in years. But I was, as with all of his friends, in shock to find out this news. Part of his story made it to CNN’s website where I had to do some digging. You can read the article on this link to find out more info: Here
By reading the article, I never knew this was happening, or occurring in Jean’s life. I do not know all that happened, but it hurts to know that another person who was a part of my life felt the need to die. I don’t know what drove him to this place, but I can only imagine as it is currently being investigated. All morning I have been thinking of the memories I had with this young man.
We both played the drums. We were both 19 years old and loved the band Flyleaf. We met on a Mission trip. He played music, while I led in group study. I enjoyed my time getting to know him. His death causes me to think of other people in my life who died in a similar way. I never believed that I would know so many young people who felt the need to take their own life, no matter what the circumstances were. It feels like people are suppose to die when they are old, yet I know more young people who have died than old in my short 27 years of life.
In generally speaking, think of Jean’s death also makes me think of new life. Any day now I will have a new little niece. We are anticipating her birth, and so is her big almost 3 year old sister. Many lives die everyday. Many new births are born everyday. What a circle of life.
The beginning is so fresh with no mistakes. It’s exciting with new ground and opportunity to soar. When some time passes, you learn quickly that it doesn’t remain that way. Mistakes take place. We were all born sinners into a sinful world which we cannot escape from in this life. Many of those hard times we will find ourselves in, either we put ourselves in that place or someone else. When I reflect on is hope and salvation found in Jesus. Because of sin, God chose to pave His one and only Way to Him through Jesus, so we would not be in a state without hope and eternal life. We may not always understand the circumstances we are placed in, sometimes they are very unfair while other times we may deserve it, there is comfort in humbling oneself at the cross of Jesus knowing He paid the ultimate price for our Freedom, only found in Him. He conquered death for all time, so we may never have to encounter spiritual death, but only to those who choose to receive it. It is Freedom like no other. It’s a love like no other.
Our lives will end on this earth one day. But eternal life lives forever somewhere.
A reflection back to Romans 8:38-39,” For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Because of this truth, we will always have hope, and will overcome any obstacle we face on earth through Jesus Christ. If this is not enough…
then there isn’t anything else.