Her husband, Ryan, was given grace to speak her eulogy at the funeral on Wednesday. And once again God was glorified through this family. One truth Ryan spoke was from a note written in Suzan's Bible. "Peace is better than understanding", written beside the verse that proclaims that Christ gives us peace that passes all understanding. While I had never thought about peace being better, I certainly understood it in that moment.
Many times, events happen that I don't understand. My father's diagnosis with ALS...and his cure. The Tsunami in Indonesia and Thailand. My Aunt Jackie's early passing. My son's struggles. But I can look back at those instances and see that there were times when God gave me peace. And although my personality is the type that longs to understand, to make sense of the world around me, there are times that I have to simply fall back on my faith.
God is still good. The world is not. He has overcome the world and calls me his child. So I can believe the verse in Romans that proclaims "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." This verse does not say all things are good, but that God is working through those things for our good. So when I don't understand the "why", I can cling to the hope that God is still with me.
And I know that while we are still here on this earth we have a mission. So I am making a firmer choice to be an encourager, a positive influence on those around me, and to share the power and grace of Christ every chance I get. Thank you, Suzan, for inspiring me to be better.