Nancy Guthrie writes helpfully and beautifully about Jesus.
This quote is about life and death.
If Jesus is in charge of life and death, we can rest in the knowledge that he’s in charge of everything else as well, like a life impacted by disability:
Jesus himself controls life and death.
This means that when you face the death of someone you love, you don’t have to surrender that person to an unknown, uncaring nothingness. You can rest, knowing that the person you love who knows Jesus is safely in his care and under his loving control. Jesus holds the keys.
Even if you aren’t sure about your loved one’s relationship to Jesus, you can be confident in the character of the one who holds the keys, trusting that he will do what is right, remembering that the heart of the one who holds the keys is full of mercy.
And as you face your own death, which may seem far away or very close, Jesus reaches out to touch you and comfort you in your fear, reminding you that he holds the keys. Death cannot catch him off guard or sneak up on him. He is in control.
When we’re confident that Jesus is in control of our lives and our deaths, we don’t have to be afraid. We can surrender our need to always be in control, confident that Jesus not only holds the keys, he holds us as well.
Nancy Guthrie, Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, p. 146.