Today is 2-1.
It’s exactly 4 years since my mother suddenly passed away. I believe that everything happens at the exact moment for a certain purpose, my mom was meant to pass away on this very day, 2-1, four years ago. Her funeral was not actually held until 2-11…just as God had planned for it to be.
My mother’s name is Sharon, a Hebrew name that means “fertile plain” and in English means “warmth, beauty, comfort, and love” and even “princess”….everything that my mom embodied. If you study the bible, you’ll know that “A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.” (Ecc.7:1 NIV) …I always say how my mother’s death was what truly gave me life.
Death is not something that should be seen as sad. Mourning most definitely hurts, but if you really think about it, to die means to be with the Lord, who wouldn’t want that over this crazy world we live in?! I don’t know about you but I count it ALL JOY when I experience heartache and pain (took a LONG time to be able to see it that way) because I know its for a reason. Whatever God’s reason is, I know it’s always for me to GROW and to PROSPER me. It’s his will and nothing is greater than that, whether I understand why or not.
I know this all to be true when God revealed a special scripture to me during the time I was back home in California helping plan my mother’s funeral. It was one of the moments I felt God SO present in my life:
“I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” ~ Song of Solomon 2:1 NIV
This is the first verse from the second chapter of Song of Solomon—2:1. The symbolism of a rose and the lily runs deep in the bible but it has a lot of personal meaning for me (plus I lived in the Southern California Valley my whole life lol 818!). I can go on and on…..but I adore this verse because I am the rose of my mother and she is my source of inspiration for being (becoming) who I am in Christ. :o) R.I.P. momma
This was the last picture taken of my mother (on the left) in January 2009 that I found on her personal camera. She was a flight attendant for United Airlines and this was on her last flight on her way back from Beijing, China.
I had no idea who the other woman was in this picture but I always knew she met celebrities and all that but she never cared to take pics with them but for some reason she did with this woman. She must have been talking her ear off during the flight :o) she was ALWAYS talking to someone!
So the only way I was able to find out who this woman was by zooming in really close to the gold medal around her neck thinking I could read what it said (I couldn’t) but I noticed right next the medal, on her shirt, I saw the letters “PARA” and it clicked….PARAlympics! So I took a chance and Googled “gold medel paralympic winners 2008″ and I found a pic of a lady who looked like the woman standing next to my mom…it was Barbara Buchan, a Paralympic Gold medalist who won 2 gold medals in cycling during the 2008 Paralymics in Beijing :o)