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TITLE: THE HARDEST VALLEY TO CROSS (part 6) final
By Verna Mull
06/30/09
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This is the ending to the experience that we were forced to go through. God does mature one when they are in this situation. It is a crossroads, you will either get bitter, or better! God is there with open arms to help you get better if you allow him in. He does not force Himself on anyone. But, oh my, the strength when you rely on Him! God bless all those who can relate.
The day of the funeral arrived. As usual, I read the Bible that morning, and I happened to be in Psalms. I came across the verse in Psalms 94:19 KJV ďIn the multitude of my thoughts within me, they comforts delight my soul.Ē What a wonderful God to give me that verse the day of Vernonís funeral.

When we set the day, I had not thought about it being our daughter, Linda, and her husband, Daveís wedding anniversary, but I did think about it that day, and was sorry that we had chosen that date.

Somehow, we made it until the funeral. The church ladies cooked a meal for those that would attend. The day of the funeral was another great miracle of a gracious God.

As our pastor preached the funeral message, the Spirit was so powerful in the church. Vernon's school mates were all there, and the church was packed.

Sometime later, we discussed that there were many moments when we forgot that it was our sonís body in that casket. All I can say, ďGod was there!Ē At the close of the service Pastor McClun gave an invitation for all who would pledge to follow Vernonís God, to stand. It was just like a mighty wind, as people stood to their feet, all over the church. At the graveyard, pastor said a few words and we sang ďHallelujah!Ē, and, once again, we could feel the presence of God. It was time for a final good-by, even though we knew he wasnít really there, it was the last we would see of where his body was placed.

In Godís time, He has a way of healing the deepest of wounds. Writing this has made me understand even more of Godís grace. Yes, it has brought back a lot of the pain, but today, itís easier to be thankful for the 18 years that we had him, and leave the rest to God, knowing that He makes no mistakes, knowing also, that when we really need Godís presence, He is always there at the exact moment one needs Him!

We are both so thankful that God had given Paul the experience that I first wrote about. God revealed to him that we just need to serve God, and leave all the answers up to Him.

We, as parents do not fully appreciate the great gifts that God has given us in our children. We failed as parents so very many times; but I hope, the fact that we do love them, is a fact that is very apparent to them.
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