The Best Is Yet To Come

There was once a young woman diagnosed with a terminal illness and given three months to live. As she was getting her things in order, she contacted her pastor and asked him to come to her house to discuss her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in. The pastor was pre-paring to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered, “There’s one more thing.”

“What’s that?” the pastor asked.

“This is very important.” She continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”

The pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.

“That surprises you, doesn’t it?” she questioned, smiling.

“Well, to be honest, I am a bit puzzled by the request,” he admitted.

“My grandmother once told me a story from her life, and I’ve tried to pass along its message to those I love and who are in need of encouragement. In all her years of attending socials and dinners, she always remembered how, when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, ‘Keep your fork.’ It was her favorite part because she knew something better was coming—like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful and with substance!”

The young woman held out her right hand. “I want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand, and I want them to wonder, ‘What’s up with the fork?’ Then I want you to tell them, ‘Keep your fork. The best is yet to come.’”

Ever since I heard this story and used it as an illustration in my book My Climb, I haven’t been able look at a fork the same way! It now represents the eternal hope that we have in Christ as our anchor of expectation. Perhaps the past year wasn’t everything you wanted it to be. Maybe there were some wonderful “ups” and some dark “downs.” Yet God is faithful and gives you hope that 2016 could be the best year ever. But that anticipation will only be yours if you keep your heart and mind fixed on Him and allow Him to do His work in your life. He gives you His best!

What is He best at? Let’s look at His Word and remind ourselves of what He promises.

He will never leave us
Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 8:38-39 adds, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

He will never fail us
Joshua 23:14 says, “You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed.”

Psalm 89:34 adds, “I will not violate my covenant or alter what my lips have uttered.”

He forgives unconditionally
1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Micah 7:19 adds, “You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.”

Most importantly, He is coming again
John 14:2-3 says, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

I encourage you to be hopeful and optimistic about 2016 and stand on these promises every time you sit down to a meal and grab that fork. Through Him, live to the fullest with expectation in your heart of what is to come! Happy 2016!

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