Sharon Kay’s birthday would have been this week. She was my aunt—but only 11 years older than I was. She took me under her wing, babysat me, took me shopping, and treated me like I was pretty cool. She took me to K-Mart to teach me about the importance of working hard. She forced me to help with inventory. Later I became an accountant, so clearly I secretly loved it. I loved being pursued, and she did it so well.
I loved her outgoing spunk! She was an atmosphere changer!
She passed away when she was only 43 years old.
I was devastated. My faith was rocked to the core. I was mad at God. I was angry. I reached out for help from a pastor. He gave me permission to be angry with God. I wrestled with God for a long while.
On the other side of that, I was forever changed!
Sharon Kay (later in life) loved the Lord with all her heart. She became a courageous seeker of God and truth. She knew the Bible better than I did. I remember discussing it and thinking to myself that she seemed “more like a Christian than I was.”
She carried a joy I didn’t understand. Before she passed, she said, “Either way, I win. If I live, I win. If I die, I win.”
How could she believe that?!
I realized that if I were in her shoes, I couldn’t have said those words because I didn’t believe them. She shared with me all she had learned. Honestly, it shook me up and compelled me to search for answers. This changed my life, my future, and future generations! She’s been gone from this earth a long time. I have never turned back from pursuing God.
If it weren’t for her, I would not be who I am today. Every life I touch, she’s a part of that. Every person I pray for, every miracle I witness, every victory in Jesus, I believe she shares in that reward.
I’m so grateful that she shined her light so brightly that it showed me the love of God more than I had personally ever known. I love you, Sharon Kay! Beyond a shadow of a doubt, I will see you again! ❤️❤️
Have you struggled in your faith? Have you been rocked to the core? I encourage you to seek counsel and, most importantly, be honest with God. Seek Him above all else.