There was once a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to the market on an errand. It wasn’t long before the servant returned in great agitation.
“O master,” he cried, “down in the market I was jostled by a woman, and when I turned to look at her, it was Death! She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Please lend me your horse, for I must run away to Samarra and hide from Lady Death.”
So the master gave him a horse, and he left in a great hurry. But the master was curious, and went to the market himself. There he found Lady Death, and decided to ask her why she had made that threatening gesture to his servant.
“That was not a threatening gesture,” she responded. “It was a look of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, because I thought I had an appointment with him in Samarra!”
We all have an appointment with death. Our lives, in reality, are very short. In the few years we have, it is important to make it right with others, and with God. You have an appointment, that’s as certain as a scandal in Washington DC. You just don’t know when or where it is!
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
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