Her obituary read: “Jordan Lee Zacharias July 21, 1994 December 3, 2011 Jordan Zacharias, age 17 years of Waldheim, SK went to be with her Heavenly Father on December 3, 2011.” When I heard the news, I remember thinking, God – this is so awful, how could you let this happen? How can anything good possibly come from situations like this? Caner. She was seventeen.
I had seen her in my small town church as a bubbly bouncing little girl before her family moved to another Saskatchewan town. I couldn’t believe she had died.
A short time ago I sat with two strong parents and the most beautiful young woman. They told of her brave journey with cancer. They had benefited from the Jordan Zacharias Memorial fund that began after Jordan’s death. As they told me about the Memorial Golf Classic that takes place every year to support families of children with life threatening illnesses, I remembered my question to God – How can anything good come from this?
To influence the world in God-designed ways, whether highlighted or not, is to give Him glory. Jordan’s life continues to give God glory. This is the pointed purpose of every life, and when we do this, we point the world to see the goodness of God.
So, what is God’s glory?
I will spend my entire life marveling at the question.
John Piper says, “The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s manifold perfections.” David K. Huttar writes, “We do not add to his glory; we merely recognize and acknowledge it.”
So many Bible characters lived not knowing their stories would resound through the generations and become change agents in people, families and societies across the globe. Their stories are full of screw-ups, emotions, challenges, simple laughter, sorrows and celebrations – just like ours. But together – they are the fabric of the greatest story of all – the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
“[Jesus} is the radiance of [God’s] glory and the exact representation of His nature.” – Hebrews 1:3
God’s glory lives in us and is told through His Gospel story. His Gospel awakens love for people and motivates us to bring positive change to our world … God’s goodness is made known in surprising and remarkable ways … and His glory shines light even in the darkest places. This is the pointed purpose of every life, thank you Jordan for continuing to point the way.