— From the Hymn, What a day that will be, by Jim Hill, 1955
When I received the news of a friend’s husband passing away, it came as a shock. Although aware of his health issues, the news still came as a surprise.
Even though we all know this life has a termination point, death still often arrives stealthily. I sorrow for those who have been left behind and pray the Lord will comfort them in their grief, but I can’t help pondering about the future.
God has measured the length of each of our days, and life and death are part of the journey.
Scripture says: “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:16, and “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die.” Ecclesiastes 3:1&2.
We see life and death happen in the world around us and close to home. We all know at some point our earthly journey will end. The question is, ‘What’s next?’
I am not fond of the idea of dying, as it is uncharted territory and an unknown, but because Jesus is my Lord and Savior, I am not afraid of death. I’ve sat at the bedside of other believers who have passed from this life onto the next. They knew their life on this side of eternity was nearly complete and were looking forward to their eternal peace and rest.
It isn’t up to us to decide who gets into heaven and who will be turned away.
Romans 10:13 says, “Whoever calls upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.” And Romans 14:10b – 12 says, “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.’ So then, each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
I tend to gaze out my window to the distant hillside and listen for the sound of my Savior’s voice. A time is coming when we all will give account for our lives. I’ll be ready whenever the Lord has measured the end of my days.
Will you be?
Amy Torres is a published writer and a spiritual advisor and counselor. She and her husband lead the college ministry at First Baptist Church in Patterson.