Doug decided to record himself reading to Dak before he left for Iraq in November 2005. Our dog Napa was a little jealous of the attention Dak was getting (as you will see in the video)! For those of you who knew Doug, this may be a little hard to watch, but it is also good to watch. Click on the link below.
When Doug was killed in May 2006, I knew the video would be difficult for me to see, but when I put it in, my reaction surprised me. Here is what I wrote in my journal.
November 26, 2006
I watched “Doug reading to Dak” last night. It was hard, but not as hard as I thought it would be. He is still alive. That I have to be thankful for. He is alive. Isn’t God fabulous?
– – –
When I watched the videos Doug made, I realized although I had lost Doug for a short time, the Doug I saw, talking and laughing, was still alive. He still speeks, just not here. He still walks, just not here. If you have lost a believer in Christ, you have not lost then forever.
There will come a day when you will be reunited.
Isn’t that God’s hope? Isn’t that His heart?
God doesn’t like it when someone dies. He sees our pain. He knows. And He mourns with us. I mean, death was not in God’s original plan. He knew it would come to that. He knew we would choose to love something other than Him. But then, He also knew that Jesus would choose to come and save us. The only way God allows death is because He sees the ultimate reunion.
When Doug was killed, I could almost feel Jesus putting His arms around me, whispering to my soul. “It’s not over, Nic. I’m coming again. And death will be no more.”
“Oh death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Cor. 15:55
Because the believer’s death is not real death. No. Jesus conquered death. Because He lives, we live (John 14:19). All we have to do is believe and follow the shepherd. Then when we die, there isn’t even a pause in time. We are still alive, we just aren’t here. We are instantly with Jesus. Only our bodies are gone.
But isn’t it just like God to say, “You know what? I’m not even going to let death keep your body. We are going to raise that bad boy up on the day of the lord!”
“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed.” 1 Cor. 15:51-53
Why would God do this? Why not just keep us a spirit or soul or whatever we are when we die. Because God wants EDEN. He has NEVER given up on that plan. He wants us to LIVE with IMPERISHABLE bodies who will CHOOSE Him ALL THE TIME.
And we will laugh. And we will build. And we will dance. And we will sing. And we will love and love hard forever.
So when death knocks on the door of someone you love, you don’t have to say goodbye. You can say, “See you on the other side.”
Stand firm. Be strong. Soon the trumpet will sound.
e-mail me at nicsrevelations.com