Last week I told you about a recent family reunion I attended, but I forgot to mention one terrible thing I noticed.
All of my cousins look old! I’m not sure why because I haven’t aged a bit. I wouldn’t lie to you.
I was able to take my dad to the reunion. I’ve mentioned recently that he is sick. The cancer is slowly taking its toll, and we aren’t sure how much longer we will have him. He’s under hospice care, and he has the proverbial good days and bad.
But dad felt up to going on this day. He is one of only two of his generation still living. One of my mother’s sisters is living, and Dad is the only remaining in-law.
I know I’m biased, but my dad, “Uncle Junior” to my cousins, is truly one of the good ones.
Since Granny lived on our property, they got to see him frequently. He often joined in the basketball games we played in my front yard. He taught more than one of my cousins how to swim and a couple how to drive.
I watched several of the girls walk away from him in tears as they realized it might be the last time they would see him. The guys mostly suppressed the tears, but there was much sadness when we left the party.
Dad’s days on this earth are numbered. We often forget that the same is true for all of us, but it is clear that he won’t be here much longer.
But I know the good news. Dad has a reservation for a place called heaven. I am as confident of that as I am of anything I have ever written.
The Bible says about God, “You have placed eternity in our hearts.” Job was simply saying that there is a longing in every human heart for more than we can see in this world, and it is there because God put it there.
We can and will live forever with him if we have placed our trust in him.
More than any other thing, you need to trust the Lord. He made you and knows what is best for you. You can trust him for now and for eternity.