“Outlive your life.” That is surely what Noah Mikel Smith did on February 10, 2013.
Noah never took a breath in this world but woke up in celestial paradise. Noah never felt our arms around him yet his first hug was from the Father of all. Noah never said a word yet his influence is being seen as if he was one of the greatest preachers of our time. How? Through those who love him and trust in the One who provided Noah’s first real home.
Certainly, Noah outlived his life. Yes, he lived… oh, not in this world per se, but he lived in his Mom and it is through the courage and faith of his Mom and Dad that his legacy lives on. I have been so impressed with Zach and Amber’s outspoken faithfulness during this painful time. Instead of hiding behind their pain they have communicated their trust in God and therefore speak volumes for their son and my grandson.
It’s always been amazing to me that Jesus doesn’t call the qualified but always qualifies the called. He does that when they are willing and sometimes even when they can’t even speak for themselves. You see Noah is qualified to communicate through those who love him and I believe he is loudly saying to all: “My parents, my family and those who believe speak for me about the ONE who provides at this very moment my eternal home that all who love Him will experience. They are able to get through this pain with faith rather than fatalism, with trust rather than anger. You can too if you will build a relationship with HIM who brings hope to the hurting, light to the darkness and whose promises last forever!”
Thanks Noah. We miss you but the encouragement and reminder that you’ve brought us through your parents and those that love them has been amazing. I can’t wait to see you and tell you that in person! My hope and prayer, when I do go Home to meet Jesus and you, is that people can say as I do of you right now… he outlived his life.
(Our grandson, Noah Mikel Smith, was still born to our son and daughter-in-law, Zach and Amber on February 10, 2013.)