WHOSE SPACE IS THIS?
My eyes kept swinging back to the empty space, a silent reminder of the one who until recently, had occupied it faithfully for many years past. An invisible force that words seem impossible to adequately describe, consistently drew my eyes towards that space, expecting any moment now to see once more, the gregarious and effervescent presence of my old pal as he sat in the pew, one moment deadly attentive to the sacred words from the altar and the other, eyes full of mischief as he teased from across the aisle, letting me know he was very much a part of my life in more ways than one.
Yet for all that deep emotional pulling of the soul, that seat remained empty, any moment to be filled by another, a clear reminder that ones life cycle on earth must come to an end. In what is often a twinkle of an eye, in the time it takes to voice a thought, a man can one moment be full of life, with no inclination that the next step taken could be the last and just like that he is gone, no longer a physical presence in this earth he so completely dominated but now on a separate journey in the hereafter, his focus an account to be rendered of his brief spell while away from celestial glory.
The God of All Creation made man a living spirit, eternal like He is and filled with His nature. As ambassadors, He sent us in earthen vessels that are neither eternal nor of His nature to dominate and carry out various assignments for a season on earth. Some discover their calling in life and carry it out impressively, impacting scores of lives along the way and leaving their marks in the hearts of other men while others wander through life lost and incapacitated. As my soul settled to the realization that his frame will never again fill that seat, I accepted that death can never be the issue as all must die, but what we do with the life we have gifted us while we sojourned briefly on earth is what will and forever make a difference. What will you be remembered for when death comes for you? May God help us number our days. For your comments, contributions, connect with me here: @TonyeCole1 on Twitter.