Today, October 15th, marks the fifth anniversary of Tim Trometer’s death. Tim was my college roommate during the first part of my freshman year. If one quality could describe Tim, it surely would be His love for Christ… and his fun-loving, goofy personality cannot be easily forgotten. In the few months that I knew Tim, we became fast friends. God was good to place me in that room, and good to take Tim in the way He did.
Sovereignty was on the front end of Tim’s death in a discussion in our room about death and contentedness the Tuesday before he died, and on the back end in the eulogy that Tim’s father gave. He exalted our sovereign, massive God in all His ways. I’ve never looked at God the same since that week.
For five years now Tim has beheld His face… a sweet reminder in the midst of all this.
God ordains in the lives of his messengers that suffering severs our bondage to the world. When joy and love survive this severing, we are fit to say to the nations with authenticity and power: Hope in God.
– John Piper
This is the legacy that Trommy left, the legacy that Jesus Christ left, and the legacy we’re called to leave: hope in God. Let this be cemented anew within me amid all the memories. May the sorrow we feel in retrospect be overcome with great joy as we grow by grace in faith towards our great God.