Then It’s Gone

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog–it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.–James 4:14

 

I live very close to one of the most visited cities in the world.

What brings so many visitors?

There is a very large and famous theme park there.

Various tickets are available to those who want to enjoy all the park has to offer.

One day admission tickets are available, as well as several days.

If I were planning a trip to this theme park for just one day, I would want to see and do all that I could, since my time there would be over quickly.

There would be rides to ride, shows to see and many things to experience on my list of priorities.

I would want to plan out the day, making sure that what was important to me would not be missed.

Our lives are  a lot like that, aren’t they?

Some people, though rare, live past one hundred years.

Many people live into their eighties.

But no one lives on this earth forever.

We are here a short time.

We have a one-life “ticket” and then we must move on–to eternity.

Understanding that, we should plan for what is most important.

While we are here on earth, having a relationship with God is more important than anything.

We’re like morning fog–we’re here for only a little while.

Then, we’re gone.

 

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A Day That Has Just Gone By

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It’s actually quite a distance away.

I have friends that live in a different country from my own.

In order to keep up with exactly what time it is where they are, I have set a world clock on my smart phone to their time zone.

Also, on the same phone page, I have the time zone where I live, on the far eastern side of my country.

That way, I can compare what time it is here to what time it is there at a glance.

By default, the manufacturer of my smart phone placed the time that it would be where their company is located—on the far western side of my country.

While checking the time on my world clock page today, I was struck with a thought as I read the words that went along with my friends’ time zone in another country.

It simply read,

Tomorrow. 9hr 30m ahead.

Tomorrow?

Really?

Although I understand the concept in simple numbers of minutes, seconds and hours, something else came to mind.

Tomorrow—my friends are already experiencing it.

I will be soon, but not yet.

When tomorrow comes for me, God will already be there.

In fact, He’s there now.

He is as much in my future as He is in my present.

God is not constrained by human measurements of existence.

The Bible tells us that,

“A thousand years in Your sight
    are like a day that has just gone by,
    or like a watch in the night.”

—Psalm 90:4

Whatever concerns we may have about the future, we must trust that God will be there with His power, sovereignty and love.

So, how can we compare what time it is here to what time it is with God?

It’s already tomorrow.

Infinitely eternal hours ahead…..

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To Save Completely

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It’s a small area, really.

I have a bookshelf topped with a wooden box my husband made for me, a model ship that I purchased for him and some ceramic lighthouses.

Above the shelf on the wall, I have three framed photographs of lighthouses and a ceramic hanging of three life preservers.

It’s the only area in the house that’s decorated with a nautical theme.

Lighthouses and life preservers have something in common.

They are both there to save.

When a ship is nearing land, it can see the lighthouse shining its beacon, silently calling out the way to safety.

If someone has been shipwrecked and they are thrashing in the deep water, a life preserver can be thrown to them to keep them afloat.

I have never heard stories of complaints about lighthouses from ship’s captains.

Nor have I heard of drowning men wanting to debate about a life preserver being thrown to them.

Jesus has given His life on the cross to save us.

We were doomed to perish on the rocks of sin in the darkness, yet His light came stretching forth to guide us to safety.

We were drowning in the deep waters, lost without His forgiveness—so He purchased our salvation with His death.

He is our life preserver, but we must reach out and grasp onto Him.

There are times when I hear complaints and debate, however.

Sentiments like, “I would like to be saved, but first I want to know why God doesn’t………..”

“I would like to believe that Jesus could save me, but why didn’t He………………”

All the while, not following the light ahead or reaching out to grasp the life preserver.

I surely had many unanswered questions about God when I accepted Jesus as my Savior many years ago.

I have many unanswered questions still today.

There is one extremely important question that has been answered for me, however.

In fact, it is the most important question of my life—-

Where will I be spending eternity?

In Heaven, with Jesus, who preserved my life.

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But Jesus lives forever and continues to be a Priest so that no one else is needed.  He is able to save completely all who come to God through Him. Since He will live forever, He will always be there to remind God that He has paid for their sins with His blood.

—Hebrews 7:24-25

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To Prepare a Place

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My mother died when I was only 28 years old.

Many memories of her live on in my heart.

She tried to make sure she read the Bible every single day.

Most of the time, when I was a child, she would read it out loud to me.

When she came to a passage that she didn’t understand, she would just say so.

Sometimes, my mother displayed a lot of understanding.

One memory I have is of a story she used to tell.

At a time before I was born, she was talking with one of my cousins, who was a child.

He wanted to talk to her about Heaven.

He asked her if he could have a pony in Heaven.

Her answer seems wise to me, even today.

She told him that if having a pony was what it would take to make him happy, then God would give him a pony in Heaven.

Going further with this thought, I personally believe that there will not be anyone in Heaven who is unhappy.

After all, we will be with Jesus who died to purchase our place there.

Our loved ones who followed Jesus on Earth will be with us.

With overflowing hearts, we will be filled with gratitude and praise in His presence.

Jesus also tells us in John 14:2 that,

“In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

Jesus is preparing a place for us!

For you.

For me.

But what if we would really like to have a pony for eternity?

If that would bring great joy to our hearts, I think God might just give us one…..

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