There was a woman who had been diagnosed with cancer and she had been given 3 months to live. Her doctor told her she should start making preparations to die (something we all should be doing). So she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what she wanted to be wearing. The woman also told her pastor that she wanted to be buried with her favorite Bible. Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave when the woman suddenly remembered something very important to her. “There’s one more thing.” She said excitedly. “What’s that?” came the pastor’s reply. “This is very important.” The woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.” The pastor stood looking at the woman not knowing quite what to say. “That shocks you doesn’t it?” The woman asked. “Well to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the pastor.
The woman explained. “In all my years of attending church socials and functions where food was involved (and let’s be honest, food is an important part of any church event; spiritual or otherwise); my favorite part was when whoever was clearing away the dishes of the main course would lean over and say ‘you can keep your fork.’ It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming. When they told me to keep my fork, I knew that something great was about to be given to me. It wasn’t Jell-O or pudding. It was cake or pie. Something with substance. So I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder ‘What’s with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them: ‘Something better is coming so keep your fork too.'”
The pastor’s eyes were welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She KNEW that something better was coming. At the funeral, people were walking by the woman’s casket and they saw the pretty dress she was wearing and her favorite Bible and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question “What’s with the fork?” And over and over, he smiled. During his message, the pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you, oh so gently that there is something better coming. Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.
Deuteronomy 32:29 states, “O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!” My friend, the best is yet to come, but only if you have surrendered your life to Christ and placed you faith and trust in Him as Savior and Lord. There are two central truths about the future for every believer in Jesus Christ.
(1) There is an everlasting future in heaven.
(2) God has confirmed it in His Internal Word.
In the spring of 1981, a young man was flown into desolate northern Alaska to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra. On his trip he took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions. As the months passed, the words in his diary changed from wonder and fascination to nightmarish. In August he wrote, “I think I should have used more foresight about arranging my departure. I’ll soon find out.” In November he died in a nameless valley, by a nameless lake, 225 miles northeast of Fairbanks. An investigation revealed that though he had carefully planned his trip, he had made no provision to be flown out. In the book of Deuteronomy we read that the Israelites made a similar mistake. For a while they had all they needed, but they forgot that it was God who provided for them (Deuteronomy 32:15-18). It soon became obvious that they had given no thought to the outcome of worshiping false gods and living for their own enjoyment. Their behavior brought God’s judgment (vv. 19-25). My friend, have you thought about your future or latter end? It’s wise to prepare for it now. Since your last day on earth can be so unexpected, we need to heed the apostle Paul’s inspired words recorded in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”. Thus, my friend by trusting Jesus Christ as Savior and living for Him is the only way to plan for the future and in doing so you can say with the up-most confidence, “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”.
It’s never too soon to plan for eternity