Surrounded by Your glory, what will my heart feel
Will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of you be still
Will I stand in your presence or to my knees will I fall
Will I sing hallelujah, will I be able to speak at all
I can only imagine.
(Mercy Me – 1999)
My friend Omar died very unexpectedly on Tuesday night. I’m still processing the news and can’t believe I won’t see Omar again. It hurts. I heard Mercy Me sing the above song today, and I immediately thought of Omar. Did He dance for Jesus, or was he in complete awe? Did he stand before Him, or did he fall to his knees? Did he sing with that fantastic voice or was he speechless? I can only imagine. Omar loved Jesus, and he loved people so much. He was a giver beyond words, and believed whole-heartedly in genuine caring love.
I miss you, Omar. I watched one of your Facebook videos today, and you sang, “I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold.” That was you. And although it hurts like crazy that you’re gone, there’s something really so peaceful knowing that you’re with Jesus; the One you would rather have had more than anything else.
I’ll see you again someday, my friend. The reunion will be sweet. Until then, know that I’ll remember you fondly and will always be thankful and feel blessed to know that God made our paths cross.