The Message-Happy Birthday Zack

My son Zack has a birthday Feb 5th. He would have been 38 this year. He went to live with Jesus 2 July, 2015. That’s his heavenly birthday. Every one of them to be spent with Jesus for eternity. Hallelujah!

The Bible promises us there will be no sin, no pain, no tears only joy in heaven. Only love, filled with the presence of our Lord. No wonder we all want to go there.

I know Zack is loving being with Jesus and our Christian loved ones that have left us. While Zack was here with us, he spent his time being a father, brother, uncle, son and friend. He was a single dad raising his son Drake. Most importantly he was a follower of Jesus for 10 years prior to his death.

Zack served the Lord with the gifts and talents the Lord gave him. One thing is for sure, he’s doing God’s work in heaven. I would love to know what the Lord has him helping with in heaven. I’m curious about his daily activities. One day the Lord may grant me a glimpse. 

I have written about Zack several times since his death. His death isn’t the outcome which his family and many others prayed for. I don’t understand the why’s of this circumstance. But I know the One who does know. God is in control of all of it.

I know that after Zack took his last breath on earth, the next one was in heaven with our Savior. I am so very thankful for the mercy God showed Zack. He isn’t suffering anymore. He is in the place all believers want to go to.

I know the Lord could have made a miracle happen but He didn’t. He could have healed that cancer.

I have been witness to God using Zack’s circumstance to glorify Jesus. The Lord is using Zack’s story to elevate His Name, and to tell others around the world about Jesus.

The Lord wants people to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. As long as the Lord places it in my heart, I will continue to tell others about Jesus through Zack’s story. I can’t do it without You Lord.

When believers suffer the loss of loved ones, shattered dreams, tragic losses and broken relationships, sometimes the sadness makes it difficult to feel God’s presence or hear His voice. God is still there but the overwhelming sadness in our hearts has closed the windows and locked the doors.

In the Bible David was very disappointed when God didn’t act as he had hoped.

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?

While on the cross Jesus also cried out the words of Psalm 22:1, My God why have you forsaken me?

When God’s children think they can’t take anymore, when God takes you to the edge, to the brink, God will do a work in you and will give you whatever you need to keep on running this race until time to come home to Him. Ask Him to.

We must keep our eyes on Jesus and trust Him even when it hurts. We must open the windows and the doors to God. He will soften our hearts and strengthen our souls so we can go on living. He will heal the brokenhearted and bind up all their wounds. I am a witness to it.

God wants us to realize this world isn’t all there is. It isn’t our final home. He’s getting us ready for eternity. The thorns of life are bad, but the hope of heaven is wonderful.

God is always working behind the scenes for good whether we get the results we want or not. We will probably not understand the whys of these losses and disappointments on this side. However I am convinced we will understand fully when we get to heaven. Until then I’m going to trust and have faith in the Lord. He is Faithful and True. I will praise Him all the days of my life.

2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Zack sent this text message to a friend on 27 Feb. 2015 prior to knowing of the brain tumor.

God’s way is the only way for me. There is nothing on this earth that will lead me astray from that. 100 years here, is but a blip on the radar of eternity. My goal is to walk with my Heavenly Father.

And he is walking with the Heavenly Father. No pain, no brain tumor only love, peace and joy with our Savior.

He told me in February 2015, All is well with my soul momma. I know where I am going when I leave this world. Peace, peace wonderful peace this brings me.

Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people, the Lord will bless people with peace.

I am so thankful to Jesus for coming to this earth to die for us so we could have forgiveness of sins and live with Him eternally in heaven.

I have often written about endurance and faith when writing about Zack. God uses these losses, storms and battles to bring us more faith, more steadfastness in our faith, perseverance and patient endurance. It is painful. You will not want to go through them, but you must in order for God to change you and teach you. Peter said to humble yourself under the mighty hand of God so He may exalt you in due time.

I hope you will turn over all of your grief, disappointments, broken dreams, hurts and pains to Jesus. Let Him heal you and bring you peace that only He can give. He will do a new thing in you. He will give you a new dream, one that is in alignment with His plan for you. He will help you to live and finish this race on earth.

One day many of those who love Zack will join him in heaven to spend eternity with Jesus. As will all who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Zack has so many in his family who are followers of Jesus. One day we will all be together praising Jesus. Hallelujah! Amen!

1 John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Revelation 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Would you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? He will forgive you of all of your sins. Though your sins be as scarlet He will wash you whiter than snow. Satan wants to destroy you, to kill you. Jesus wants to rescue you, to save you, to give you eternal life with Him. Just ask Him to come into your heart.

God is close to the brokenhearted. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up all their wounds. Ask Him to. He will do it.

Healing, healing, healing, restoration in Jesus Name. Amen.