On Friday when I wrote my post pondering what I would leave behind, I had no idea that my best friend would be taken by the Lord the next day. I believed that when the Lord told her that He would heal her through her chemo, that she would be healed physically here on earth. The Lord kept His Word; she is fully healed and is with the Lord (2 Cor 5:1-5).
What brought us together was politics, but where our friendship flourished was spending hours talking with each other about God’s Word. She was a fierce prayer warrior, loyal friend, and an amazing woman who had the knack to cut through the BS and get to the heart of God’s truth. She was an amazing and fearless disciple, who spoke God’s truth every chance she had. “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” (2 Cor 4:6-10)
Yesterday was an incredible day of sadness for myself and so many who loved this amazing woman, Shar. I know she’s no longer in pain, and she is praising Jesus for eternity. She no longer has to wonder what His full glory is like–she knows. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Cor 4:16-18)
I would be remiss in my short memorial if I didn’t ask you to search your heart and make certain that you are in right standing with the Father. Jobs come and go, political figures come and go, money, houses, etc. are only temporary. We will all live after these earthen vessels have perished. While we are still able we must make the choice: Will we live an eternity praising the Lord, or will we live an eternity in the lake of fire? Shar posed that question often, always reminding folks that if they truly love their loved ones, they will speak God’s truth to them. There is only way to the Father, and that is through faith in Jesus Christ.
My friend, Shar Wall truly didn’t care if she was remembered. She wanted people to know Christ. In her not caring about her own legacy, she has left a huge one that encompasses love, fearlessness and speaking God’s truth loudly and proudly. She would not relent and she never gave up! I will be ever thankful that the Lord brought us together in friendship and sisterhood. Her life truly was lived by these words of the song “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns. All the kingdoms built, all the trophies won will crumble into dust when it’s said and done. ‘Cause all that really matters [is] did I live the truth to the ones I love? Was my life the proof that there is only One Whose name will last forever? And I, I don’t want to leave a legacy. I don’t care if they remember me: Only Jesus. And I, I’ve only got one life to live; I’ll let every second point to Him: Only Jesus.
July 30, 2019 at 3:37 pm
I’m so sorry for the loss of your wonderful friend and I pray that the Lord will comfort you as you grieve. You have written a beautiful tribute to her. Thank you for sharing it.