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Not long ago, my husband and I decided to check out a restaurant we had heard served the best tamales east of the Mississippi. We both agreed it was time to indulgence just a little! The restaurant was almost a hundred miles away, but we didn't mind. There were other sights in the southern town we wanted to explore. I checked my phone as we headed out the door. There was a posting of an Estate Sale starting that very morning! Best of all, it was less than ten miles out of our way. Seeing my excitement, Richard agreed to the detour and we were off!
Soon we arrived at a beautiful home where the estate sale was well underway. Every nook and cranny was filled with things that make life comfortable. As we looked, I was reminded of how temporary life is. All the material things in this home had been useful at one time. I paused to think of my "stuff": my books, my favorite chair, my piano. I wondered about the family that had lived in this home.
Next stop, the Mighty Mississippi River. Its presence set the mood for the day as people relaxed, taking in the warm sun and lazy flow of the river. We lingered a while, then checked out other local sites and headed for our restaurant. The crowd made it obvious we had made a good choice. Fresh chips with salsa, and mouth-watering tamales didn’t disappoint us. The day was good as the river town shared its life with us. We met the people and shared their food. The day slowed down and we started toward home, thinking about our experiences.
Late in the afternoon, about half way home, we saw a line of cars on the side of the highway ahead of us. We guessed there had been an accident. Driving closer, we could see the cars were parked by a cemetery. The setting was somber, people moving slowly. I had never seen a funeral take place this time of day. My mind went back to our early morning visit to the Estate Sale. Again, I was reminded that death is a part of living.
We can enjoy the fun times in life. We can get excited at the birth of a baby. We can enjoy our homes, our cars, and our ‘stuff’. In fact, the Bible tell us, "I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) However, this life is not all there is. It’s during this life we choose where we will spend eternity. Even by not choosing, we make a choice.
I’ve never regretted my choice to follow Jesus Christ. I love knowing He is always with me. Sometimes He doesn’t answer prayers the way I would like, but as life continues, I can see what He’s doing. It’s a 100% fact, He can be trusted. He has our best interest at heart.
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:28-29 (NKJV)
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