We Will See Our Loved Ones Soon
by Dr. Craig von Buseck
“But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (2 Peter 3:8 ESV)
I worked on a project with a friend whose son was severely injured in a car accident while in the Air Force. He remained in a coma for nine months before the doctors determined that while not officially brain dead, there was no way he would ever come out of the vegetative state.
Entering the military, he had the discussion with his parents of his final wishes if he were ever injured. He made it clear he did not want to be left in a comatose state.
This couple had to make the excruciating decision to remove nutrition. Despite the fact that it was their son’s wishes, it was still a horrible ordeal of watching him slowly die.
Months later, my friend was still going through deep mourning and depression. One thing that sustained her was the Scripture that said “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years.”
She heard a minister who had spoken to a mathematician about this equation. If one day in earth time is as a thousand years in heaven, the preacher said, then while we are waiting 10, or 20, or even 50 years to see a loved one who has died, for them arriving in heaven, they only have to wait a few minutes to see you arrive.
My friend found solace in the idea that while she would miss her son for a time here on earth, from his perspective it would only be a few minutes or hours before they would be united in heaven.
As so many across America and around the world have recently lost loved ones, may this be a comfort and a reminder that by God’s grace, death has been defeated. “Oh death, where is thy sting. Oh grave, where is thy victory” (1 Corinthians 15:55 KJV).
Dr. Craig von Buseck is the author of I Am Cyrus: Harry S. Truman and the Rebirth of Israel. His next book, Grant’s Triumph, about the dramatic and inspiring last years of General Ulysses S. Grant, will be released soon. Learn more at vonbuseck.com.