Why Am I Still Here?

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV

“Why am I still here?” Sal used to ask me. To understand his question, you need to know that Sal had just turned one hundred years old. Everyone around him had made a big fuss, but Sal couldn’t help wondering why he was still on earth while almost everyone he had known was gone. It was hard for me to put an adequate answer into words the day he asked me, but maybe now these many years later I am beginning to understand.

We are still here because it pleases God. This part is a mystery, the which we may only glimpse in little moments that the Bible calls, “Through a glass darkly”. Those moments when we do not understand clearly but we trust God are the footsteps of faith by which we walk.

We are still here, because while Sal lived, He remained an example for us. Even at His age, Sal was a handsome man, with a large powerful frame but entirely reliant on young nurses or whoever happened to be close by to even bring him coffee. Yet when it came time to sing, Sal’s deep bass voice, carried a melody to our ears that told us He was still trusting Jesus with all his heart. Sal and all of those like him are still here, like God’s light houses, shining their single beam in the darkness, they help guide us who follow after.

We are still here because in a fast paced, self-focused world, people like Sal give us someone to serve. They are “The least of these my brothers” that Jesus told us of. Their needs, that require our help are for our mutual blessing, because one day, Jesus will help us see that all we did in love was done for Him. One day in heaven Sal’s question will be answered and together we will see beyond the darkness there meet Jesus – face to face!

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