Whistling through the grave yard……

7 years ago 5

I  had a person ask me the other day if I was afraid of dying.  I shocked them when I said, “No, I’m rather looking forward to it!”  Take a note, non-believers often are confused by our thought processes!   If I thought that this life was all there was, I wouldn’t be all that anxious to leave it, but knowing that I have an eternity with Him waiting, it’s hard some days to not wish that day would come sooner, rather than later!  I’ve shared this before, but when I had cancer at age 35 and was told I had very little time to live, I faced death square in the face.  Since I’ve already dealt with it, I can’t think of a good reason to deal with it again.  The matter is settled for me, I’ve given my life, and heart to Jesus, it’s His to do with as He pleases.  If He wants me here working for the Kingdom, that works for me, if it’s to be with Him, that’s even better.

 

One of my grandchildren crawled up in my lap recently and said, “Papa, I don’t want you to die, I want you to just stay here with me forever!”   It’s a delicate conversation to try and explain to a four year old how all this works, but I tried. I told Abigail that she knew I go on trips, and sometimes I’m gone for quite a while.  She knowingly said, “Yes, I know Papa!”  Very lady like, I might add!  I told her that someday I’m going on a very long trip and won’t be coming back here, but will see her when she comes to where I’m going.  That seemed to satisfy her for now.

 

I’ve lost a lot of family and friends and I am happy to know that most are with the Lord, they are the fortunate ones, life here can be daunting, but with His strength we can make until we get to be with Him for eternity.  I was visiting with a friend a few years ago  who was dying of cancer, he said something that has really stayed with me.  I said to him that I was so sorry about his situation, he said, “Don’t be, I’ve lived a great life, and I’m going to an even better one, I love you man, and I’ll see you at the gate when you get there!”  He was right on two points, it is something to look forward to, and I will see Him again, and next time, he will be completely whole!!!  What a wonderful, peaceful way to go to our reward.

 

I’m not hanging out in cemeteries because I know something you don’t, I just loved the cross and the trees!!  I’m not going anywhere a minute sooner than He has it planned!  But when that time does come, please rejoice for me, that’s what I will be doing up there!

 

Be blessed, have hope, and know Him,

 

the pilgrim

 

5 Responses

  1. Carl says:

    I have informed my family – NO funeral! A BIG, happy, festive BBQ, Please!!!

    • admin says:

      Sounds good to me, I hope my family has a huge fireworks display, that way everyone will be looking up to where I’ve headed!!!!

  2. Very profound and absolutely so true, Bill. What an incredible conversation you had with Abigail. She will never forget it. Someday we’ll be face to face with Him in eternity and oh what we have to look forward to. I often think of how CS Lewis described eternal life in comparison to our life with the Lord now in The Chronicles of Narnia – this has only been “the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” What hope there is with “no longer any death, there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain” (Revelation 21:4).

  3. admin says:

    I ache for those that do not have that assurance! Well said Catherine.

  4. Dale Curtin says:

    Hi Bill, looking at the Camera Club site, I linked to your web site to view images. In viewing your
    images I see how God has blessed you with the ability to show others, with your images, God’s astounding World he created. I appreciate that you are a fellow brother in Christ. The beauty of this world is amazing!!! but for believers in Christ can you imagine the images to come in Eternity,Thanks
    Dale Curtin

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