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We should plant our lives in Jesus

“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and that vanisheth away.”

How true these words are. They come from the book of James Chapter 4 verse 14.

Last week my friend got up and went to church. He worshiped the Lord and gave Him the glory for all He had done. He came home and there he passed away suddenly. A grieving family, friends saddened by the unexpected death, but rejoicing over the fact that Gordon Harrison knew the Lord.

He was one of 14 children (13 boys and one girl). He was the custodian at Gray Elementary for years and he also drove a school bus. He was an antique collector and an auctioneer. He loved his family and they certainly loved him. There was just something about my friend Gordon. He made you feel special.

When you were having a conversation with him, he was focused on you and everything else was tuned out. I know what stands out to me more than anything was his love for the Lord. Jesus was his Savior and he was not ashamed of the gospel.

Gordon had made it known that when he died he didn’t want to be buried. His thoughts were if something is buried, it stays in the ground. His desire was to be “planted” because he knew based on the Scriptures he would come out of that ground. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 4, “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Gordon had recently said that he wanted an old restored farm wagon to take him to his grave. Sure enough, the wagon hauled the casket and pallbearers and was pulled by an old tractor that made its way to the Sulphur Springs Cemetery.

We sang this song for years at church and as I get older I find the truth within is spot on. Ponder these words from the “Hymn of Promise” by Nancy Allen:

“In the bulb there is a flower;

In the seed, an apple tree;

In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!

In the cold and snow of winter

There’s a spring that waits to be,

Unrevealed until its season,

Something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence,

Seeking word and melody;

There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.

From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,

Unrevealed until its season,

Something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning;

In our time, infinity;

In our doubt there is believing;

In our life, eternity,

In our death, a resurrection;

At the last, a victory,

Unrevealed until its season,

Something God alone can see.”

Let’s not plan on our burial, but let’s be planted. Those that believe on the Lord Jesus will rise because He is Risen.

Jeremy Dykes is the pastor at Jackson Park Church of the Brethren in Jonesborough.