It Was Worth The Wait

“Welcome to eternity and well done good and faithful servant.”

Kay Williams at her 100th  birthday this past November.

Kay Williams at her 100th birthday this past November.

I can only imagine those may have been the literal words Kay Williams heard last night. Kay passed from this earthly realm to the eternal realm and something utterly miraculous and wonderful happened; life went on for her. An infinitely better life. An eternal life with no more pain, no more sorrow, no more tears and the constant visual presence of God Himself. We have no idea what that will be like but Kay does. Praise God for living hope.

The Apostle Peter put on his pastoral hat to write the heavenly inspired book bearing his name 1 Peter. Dear people whom he loved were going through hard times. They needed a word on encouragement. Life was beating them up. Their faith was frowned upon by many in their community, yet they loved Jesus without ever seeing Him just as Kay did.

Here is how Peter opened his letter to these dear people:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Peter wanted them to know before and above anything else he could say; salvation is worth the wait. Kay Williams waited 100 years and I’m sure she would tell you today it was worth every day of waiting.

We have a sure thing called heaven being kept for us. This place called heaven, will never perish, never be invaded or tainted by sin and will never get any less perfect and utterly mind-blowing. If you belong to Jesus, if you love Him apart from ever seeing Him, (faith!) then by God’s power heaven is guaranteed for you. That is a living hope. That was Kay’s hope!

You couldn’t be around Kay for very long at all to understand she couldn’t wait to be with Jesus. Along the way I’m sure some days were better than others, but she remained undeterred. Such was Peter’s counsel 2,000 years ago to a young struggling group of churches. No matter what you are going through it will all be worth it! Do not give up! God is stronger!

And it will be worth it, my friend. Salvation will come. It came to Kay last night. It will come to us who believe. God promised it to be so. Don’t look down, don’t even look around but look up. It is there and is waiting for you and  is worth our every day faithfulness to whatever God has called us to in the meantime.

Kay Williams, along with 30 some odd other courageous and faithful saints started Grace Baptist in 1946. Today, nearly 68 years later, the ministry is alive and well and so is Kay. Thank you Kay for your vision, faithfulness and flat-out love of Jesus!

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