Saturday, August 9, 2008

2 Incredible Testimonies of Faith

Today I got home from family camp (more on that later), and was checking up on some things while I was gone. This included checking up on Justin Taylor's famous blog, where I found the whole segment of Larry King Live with the Chapman Family. Steven Curtis Chapman, who is a famous Christian musical artist, lost his adopted daughter, Maria Sue, in a horrible accident a few months ago. If you don't want to watch the whole interview (I don't know why you wouldn't!), then at least watch this final segment of the show. In this segment is a remarkable story about how Maria Sue left the Chapman family with a sign that she was okay. I have no doubt in my mind that the picture she drew just hours before her death was drawn through her hands by the Holy Spirit Himself. 

You can watch all the videos which are listed in order here on JT's blog. Thank you JT!

Though Larry King can be pretty insensitive to the family (I seriously do not know what his problem is), the Chapman's sit there with the upmost of dignity and amazing character. It is obvious that their ONLY goal(s) in coming on this program are to 1 - Honor Maria Sue's life, and 2- Share the gospel of Jesus Christ. These two goals are fulfilled on this show. I loved watching Steven Curtis glance at his children every time they would say something (giving all the glory to God), with a look of - "I love you and I am so proud of you."

I am so encouraged by the Chapman family.

In similar sad news, I haven't yet mentioned on my blog about the passing of Christopher Laurie. Christopher Laurie - Husband to Brittany, Father to Stella (and one little baby on the way), son to Greg and Cathe, and brother to Jonathan, died in a tragic car accident a couple of weeks ago. In the same manner, Greg and Jonathan Laurie got up on the Sunday morning after the Thursday accident and preached Christ and Him crucified through the overwhelming grief they were feeling. Many came to Christ because of this. Glory be to God.

I have been so encouraged by the strength of the Laurie family.

In conclusion, first, we can obviously continue to pray for these families. The grief they must be going through is unimaginable to myself. I have no words to tell these families other than I am sorry. My prayer is that they would receive the peace of God. By this I mean that only they can truly be at peace with what has happened, and only God can give them that peace, that understanding, that strength. 

Second, these two events have really brought me to my knees in prayer about life in general. What does God want to do in my life? What is important in this short life we have? I do not want to waste the time I have. But could someone explain to me the definition of "waste"?! ;)

Third - I have thought a lot about how people would remember me if I were to die today. What would people say at my memorial service? How would my friends and family remember me? I have been thinking about this a lot, but every time I do, I am only driven back to one thought and one thought only: I will be with the Lord! I have felt compelled lately to worship God through meditating on how it will be to be with Him forever in a place where there will be no more tears and no more pain. And so, I hope that is how I am remembered when I die; as a person who is so incredibly happy to be with her Savior for eternity. 

I may not know much about this life, or the life after, but I do know is that God is amazing. He has saved me and given me eternal life with Himself. As for this life on earth - I am along for and ready for the ride that God wants to take me on.


StrivingPsalmist said...

I heard about these two tragedies, but I wasn't aware of all the details... but I guess it's not right to call them tragedies, now is it. The Lord knows what He is doing. Keep the blogs coming, Carrie! I'll be back home in So Cal in 2 weeks, and I can't wait...

Anonymous said...

Hey Carrie! Excellent blog... I only have one correction. Near the end you wrote "I will be the Lord!" and I'm sure you meant "I will be with the Lord." Normally I would never correct a typo in your blog, but this one seemed like a biggie. ;)

How was Big Bear? I am sorry I didn't call got crazy here and all of the sudden it was the weekend. I didn't mean to flake on you. I still want to hang out though!!!

Love Jessie

Carrie Marie said...

Wow. Thanks Jessie. That's embarassing. ;)