As a youth you are VERY aware life isn't fair, well as aware as you can be. Sibling gets something and you don't. Friend gets a new car at 16 and you don't. The list goes on and on and on.
Then you grow up and become an adult and you can still think the same way "So and So got a new car? THAT isn't fair!".
Then the day comes when you realize that life is totally not fair, in the most real and exhausting way.
In the past 2 months My family has lost 2 very amazing men. And you want to know what? It isn't fair, not at all. They had more life to live, for Grandpa Ridout it wasn't fair that he got cancer, he lived his life loving Jesus and building the Kingdom. For Steve it isn't fair that at 48 he passed away, a healthy man who has 2 wonderful kids and a wife that is amazing, Steve too spent his life building the Kingdom.
Cole Family at Disney World (Steve is in the front left of the picture)
Grandpa Ridout (Lolo to the grand babies) with baby Tenn
So yes, life isn't fair, sometimes it just really really is terrible and exhausting.
But what else isn't fair is the free gift of GRACE and the confidence in knowing that this isn't the last time we will see Grandpa Ridout or Steve. There is peace in knowing that they are in the presence of God.
So yes, the untimely death of people we love dearly isn't fair but salvation isn't either, so I won't complain.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.