Yesterday, I woke up with the rest of the world to a shocking news, the loss of an iconic figure Dr. Myles Munroe. It was almost like a bad joke when a colleague at work mentioned it. Totally unable to believe what he said, I dashed to the Internet to confirm his story. Alas! This was no joke, ‘Mr. Purpose’ had gone- just like that.
Now I understand that mortality is a debt we all must pay, everyone has to die someday. But I guess you can relate with me when I say there are certain people you just don’t expect to ‘go anywhere’ till they’re really old, maybe close to a hundred years. You just assume they’ll be around for a long while. Then they leave. Painfully.
I search for words to describe Dr. Myles and just one keeps recurring- DEEP. He was (gosh! I’m already referring to him in past tense!) a man with unusual depths of understanding and sometimes unsettling insights into God’s principles as coded in scriptures. I remember his trademark chuckle whenever he made statements that shocked his audience. He’d then proceed to demystify his words with uncanny clarity and spiritual brilliance. That was Dr. Munroe.
He spoke of purpose, potential and the Kingdom of God in dimensions I’ve NEVER heard anyone else share. Indeed, a great man has departed.
However, no matter the eloquence of our eulogies or the depths of devastation, Dr. Myles is gone and gone forever- at least from this side of eternity. We’ll miss him. I know I will.
May the Lord grant his kids and church family the superhuman strength to go through this excruciating season. May God himself be their comfort in the days and weeks ahead.
So is Dr. Myles really gone? Maybe that depends on how you define ‘gone’. His works live on. His impact continues. And not even a thousand planes can stop that. Myles lives on- too big to die.
Good night Dr. Myles Munroe- hope to see you in eternity with the Lord Jesus.
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-14, 18 (KJV)