Do I Know You?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV)
Unlike most of my friends, I’ve never been one who has had an interest in collecting things, such as angels, cookie jars, books etc.. I like those things, but have never had the desire to spend the time and/or money.
I DO have a collection of keepsakes that I hold on to that will help me remember someone special, or to help me not forget an important lesson/occasion. One of my favorite ‘things’ is my dad’s old white t-shirt. It’s nothing special to look at, but it means the world to me!
When my dad passed away several years ago, I took one of his t-shirts and hung it in our closet. For the longest time, I found such comfort in simply touching his soft, worn shirt.
I can’t help but think about all the times he would make me laugh, when I had been crying… How he would make me angry, because I KNEW he was right…And, how he made me feel loved, because of his commitment to our family. Probably one of the most difficult moments in my life (so far) was the day that he looked me straight in the eye, and didn’t recognize me. If you know someone who has Alzheimer’s, then you know what I’m talking about. There is nothing more shocking than that moment when someone you love, someone you know who has sacrificed so much for you, doesn’t even know your name.
There were many tears and heartaches during those years but now looking back I realize they were NOTHING compared to how devastating it would be to have my Heavenly Father ask me someday, “Do I know you?” Perspective… We will all meet our Heavenly Father one day… Do you know Him?