A Tribute to Teresa
Yesterday, we all lost a dear sister in Christ, Mrs. Teresa Colbert. I had the opportunity to be by her bedside just before her passing along with her husband Tim. She went peacefully. Teresa got cancer in January of 2009 and spent her last 21 months passionate about the things of God. She could not get enough of Him. From commentaries to Bible studies to reading the bible through multiple times during that 21 month window, there was no doubt that Teresa was satisfied with God.
One of my heroes of the faith is a man by the name of George Muller (September 27, 1805 – March 10, 1898). He was an evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down Orphanage in Bristol, England. He cared for 10,024orphans in his life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans. Most importantly, his life was marked with complete contentment and satisfaction in God. So was Teresa’s. Muller lost his wife when she was still young. May George Muller’s words (below) from his autobiography be an encouragement to Tim and the girls.
Muller prayed during his wife’s sickness…”Yes my Father, the times of my darling wife are in Thy hands. Thou wilt do the very best thing for her, and for me, whether life or death. If it may be, raise up yet again my precious wife. Thou are able to do it, though she is so ill; but howsoever Thou dealest with me, only help me to continue to be perfectly satisfied with thy holy will.”
But it was God’s will to take her. After Muller’s wife died, he prayed…”I bow, I am satisfied with the will of my heavenly Father, I seek by perfect submission to His holy will to glorify Him, I kiss continually the hand that has afflicted me. Without an effort my inmost soul habitually joys in the joy of that loved departed one. Her happiness gives joy to me. My dear daughter and I would not have her back, were it possible to produce it by the turn of a hand. God Himself has done it; we are satisfied with Him.”