Another Forty Two Years!

by Stan Mitchell
hourglass.jpgA middle aged woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital. While on the operating table, she had a near death experience. Seeing God, she asked, “Is my time up?”
“No,” God answered, “you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live.”
Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a facelift and a tummy tuck. She even had someone come in and change her hair color. She had so much more life to live, she reasoned, that she might as well make the most of it.
Following her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street she was killed by an ambulance. Arriving the next moment before God she demanded, “I thought you said I had another 42 years? Why didn’t you pull me out of the path of that ambulance?”
God replied, “I didn’t recognize you!”
Amusing as this story is, there are some parts of it that aren’t accurate. For one thing, at the end of time, God will know everyone.
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened … the dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books” (Revelation 20:12).
Secondly, God knows especially those who have lived righteously.
“The Lord knows those who are his (2 Timothy 2:19).
If we have served God faithfully, he will see to it that we are safe, and that we will be with him in glory.
What does ring true about this story is the fact that life, and death, are unexpected. The lady in question counted on living another 42 years. She made provisions for a long and fruitful life on earth.
But she didn’t get it. We are all guaranteed a long, long life … eternally, that is! Rather than making provision for this life, perhaps we should be making preparations for the next!
We have an eternity left. Be ready!

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