She had developed a very intimate relationship with God. 72 hours before Maralyn went home to be with Jesus, she wrote these words:
“The only thing that makes me sad is realizing that this intimate friendship with him (Jesus) has been available to me all throughout my life, and I never chose it until now. I missed it … big-time! I guess I was always so busy with my lists, projects, plans and events that I was too occupied to be open to such an idea. Oh, I did my devotions, but so often because I knew I “should.” That’s a different thing. Now I long to be with him, to feel his hug, to hear his voice, to see his smile. It’s so different.
Here’s a piece of motherly advice: Don’t wait until you have a terminal illness to seek a true friendship with Jesus. He’s ready! It takes setting aside some less important things. It takes listening. It takes openness. But it’s so worth it! I hope you become literally thirsty for Jesus.
Soon I’ll be in heaven, and it will be great to see the scenery, gardens and mansions. It will be great to hear the singing and see what’s on the banquet tables. BUT! I can tell you, the thing I’m most looking forward to is meeting my Best Friend face-to-face for the very first time. I’m trying to imagine the thrill.…” Seventy-two hours after writing this, Maralyn Mathias peacefully left this earth to meet her Lord.
The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18