Back on January 31, 2010, a young Linux enthusiast first commented on this blog as robinrantz. He went by the nom de plume “Robin Lyndsay Taylor” on the net, a wise precaution for minors in these dangerous days. As a XFCE desktop fan with a good working knowledge of Reformed theology, he came back frequently to read and comment. I also subscribed to his blog, Robin’s Rants and Raves, where I always found fun and insightful articles on Linux and a faithful witness to the Reformed Christian faith. Robin and I became “blog friends”. In addition to Linux and Reformed theology, Robin loved dance and taught it enthusiastically to others.
On September 21, 2011, Robin wrote about his looming 18th birthday. It was an interesting perspective, one I’d forgotten long ago. Although he had long-standing medical issues, his earthly life seemed full of promise. On October 4th, he wrote a bombshell post that he had learned the week before that his life would be short, though none of us thought that it would be this short. From then until October 21st, Robin provided an incredible ongoing witness to God’s grace, as well as the peace and confidence that come with trusting in Christ. He even found time to post about Ubuntu’s decision to support their next long-term release for 5 years rather than the customary 2 years. His post to his papa about the infinite love of Jesus for sinners showed a deep and mature understanding of the Christian faith. During this time, he was able to check off a number of experiences on his “bucket list” thanks to many people’s love and generosity.
Robin had several seizures, one apparently on the 21st and another on the 22nd. His papa informed us that Robin was placed in a medially-induced coma on the 22nd to control the seizures. Today, October 23rd, his papa passed on the news that Robin woke up from his coma in the presence of our Lord and Savior. The speed of these events seems impossibly fast.
I never met Robin in person, but grew to respect him greatly over the last almost two years. I know that the Internet isn’t the “real world”, but it is inhabited by real people. Robin conveyed an enthusiasm for life, dance, Linux, and Jesus clearly through his writings. He loved his family deeply and did not wish to become a burden to them. He knew that it is through the Lord’s boundless mercy that he would be called home at a young age. He accepted and embraced that truth with certainty and peace.
Robin now has that peace in abundance, peace beyond our understanding. His suffering in a frail shell has been replaced with joy and perfection. Robin’s witness serves as a shining example to all those who trust in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone for their salvation. To the end, he was more concerned about his family than for himself. I ask all who read this to pray for strength and peace for Robin’s parents, other family, and friends. I also pray that when my time comes, that I’ll have the same courage and peace that Robin so publicly exhibited.
Paul wrote to his young protégé Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:12 not to let anyone look down on him because of his youth. I feel exactly the same way about Robin, and will truly miss him. The Lord granted him spiritual wisdom beyond his calendar years. Now God has seen fit to end Robin Christopher Anderson’s physical suffering by calling him home to be with his Lord and Savior.
As Job observed, “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)