I can’t remember just where or even how many times I have heard that the best is yet to come, but my understanding of the phrase is interpreted with the Biblical knowledge of how much our Creator loves us. He constructed us in His image and has watched over us like a mother hen even during the many times when we have stumbled and fell, often wondering just where He was at the moment. I believe that our God loves us with an everlasting love and the times of difficulty which we may or may not understand are simply those times when we have the opportunity to grow into the people God created us to be. While my grade I am sure will never be the 100 that I long to achieve I pray that it will at least come with the words “I know that you tried to do your very best, My child, and I still love you. Come and let me show you My world at its best”.
I believe, whether or not you accept my thinking, that the clock is moving very fast toward the time when we will actually see and know what many of us have spent our days lately wondering about. What could Heaven really be like and will I be able to get through the gate? One consolation that we all can claim is the knowledge of how Jesus, Himself, dealt with one of those who joined Him at His time of suffering and death. One of the three crucified that day was arrogant, knowing who he was and what he had done and accepting the end of his life. The other, likewise convicted, saw something in Jesus and was recorded as saying “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise (Luke 23:42-43).
We have no way of knowing just exactly how our lives are going to stack up when it comes to the purchase of our ticket at the gate, but we do know that it will then be too late to go back and do any of it over. Does that give you cause to stop in your tracks and go over what it is going to take to actually find your ticket waiting at the gate? At that point, it is going to be too late to ask for a “do over”. As human beings, we have a way of postponing almost anything if something more desired and attractive appears before us. We are used to being given another chance, in fact, we take it for granted. Forgiveness is what we expect from the One who loves us. As a child have you ever had the experience of losing a battle to your parents? Of course, you have; why would you assume a difference before Almighty God?
No matter how our lives have differed in actuality we all have something in them which we wished we could go back and do over and, sad to say, we have often found that there was no way to effectively accomplish that. In the book of John, we find these words – Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are my friends if you do whatever I command you (15:13-14).
Friends, there is no other way no matter how hard we wish it, to one day be with our God, our family and our friends. The only opportunity we have is what is right before us at this very moment; which road or path shall we take? It is plainly marked leaving no room for lack of understanding or challenge. What is your answer going to be?
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice and it told Thy love to me,
But I long to rise in the arms of faith, and be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, to the cross where Thou hast died,
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding side.