I was blessed to have a spiritual godfather in my life. He was a dear brother in the Lord who was my wife’s professor and mentor in dental school. She became very close to his family who adopted her and treated her as their own daughter. When I married my wife, he and his wife became godparents to me.
Living on opposite coasts, we mainly communicated through cell phones. For nearly twenty years, he called me. We shared the joys of his children marrying and the births of his grandchildren and he visited us when our son and daughter were born. His humor and laughter were infectious and I could always see his smile when he spoke to me. His compassion and gentleness equaled his jovial spirit, always with a kind and encouraging word for myself and others.
A few years ago, my mother was diagnosed with inoperable stomach cancer. As she bravely faced her disease, my godfather would call and offer his support and prayers. During one particularly difficult period, I was sharing how my mother was slowly losing her battle with the cancer. His voice was firm and soothing as he whispered, “Come quickly, sweet Jesus!”
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:20 (NKJV)
Both my mother and godfather are in Heaven with our sweet Lord, Jesus Christ. For both of them, God did come quickly, taking them mercifully and peacefully into His presence. God will keep His promise to quickly bring us into His presence the moment we die. And He will keep His promise to return to this earth as King of Kings and Lord of Lords to reign with all the saints who have ever lived.
I am confident and assured of His promise because I have confessed and repented of my sins and have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. There is no other name in Heaven or on earth by which we may be saved. I know that someday when I die, like my mother and godfather, Jesus will quickly take me into His presence.
What a glorious reunion that will be!
Come quickly, sweet Jesus!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.