Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. (Proverbs 19:14)
She Had Good Understanding
Marie died last night. She was not known by many but those who knew her understood the burden she bore every day. A simple woman with no pretense of outward glory she beamed from an inner spirit of a deep love for the Lord. Her love was seen in the care of her children and her husband whose greatest desire was to preach the gospel. Mark began at an early age to speak the words of truth. Time would present a terrible challenge as he lost his eye sight. As a family they would always struggle to provide for the family yet through it all remained a spirit of optimism and hope that God would take care of them. He did. He always did. Until the final moments of life there seemed to be a hope for the future but the body was unable to endure. Death embraced Marie and she was taken. But God was still doing what He had always done – one of His saints has gone home. Glory.
Children still remain at home. Family gathers together to mourn yet rejoice in the spirit of Marie. She patiently worked under many hardships but it would seem hard to notice. The family will be at a great loss for the one who cared for everyone else to the neglect often of herself. She was not a woman of the world. She was a woman of God. Her desire was not for the riches of this life and seldom enjoyed that. The heart of Marie was in the riches of God. Her eyes were on a heavenly home where no moth or corruption would come. The heart of Marie trusted in the riches of God’s grace. She died in faith. Death became a release allowing her life to experience the amazing joy of eternal salvation in Christ.
She was a woman of good understanding. Her character was that of Eve who was brought to man as a help-meet. There is no comparison of her worth for her life of service to God was of more value than precious gems. Her husband praised her and her children loved and adored her. She will be missed beyond measure. Life was cut short. Joy is found in the love she died in the Lord and found blessing during her short time of illness a greater reward was waiting for her. She really did understand things.
The chapter of faith in Hebrews 11 notably inscribes the names of the faithful. Legion are the names that fill the roll. It would seem natural to think if the writer were speaking of today Marie’s name would be found somewhere etched upon those pages of glory. Her significance is not about her life or her name. The reason for these few words is because in the death of a friend there is the glory of God. She lived not for herself but for her God. And that is the most important understanding of all.
The woman was made out of a rib out of the side of Adam; not of his feet to be trampled on by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arms to be protected and, near to his heart to be loved. (Matthew Henry, Exposition of Genesis, 1725)