Today is August 19th, but the weather today is more like mid-September. It was in the mid 50's this morning and it is not expected to get above 70 today. The summer is almost spent and my 59th year on the planet approaches. As Lloyd would have said, "if I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself".
This week I saw and talked to someone that I had not seen since 2004. He said I looked distinguished. I'm sure he was trying to offer a complement, but I never thought anyone would say I was distinguished. In 11 more years, what will I look like? Will they be using terms like "spry" and "old coot"? Or will I have been toasted and boxed for ash spreading by then? Who knows? At my age, everything seems to come and go so quickly that I can't keep track.
What I do know is this. Every day that I get closer to the last day, I feel closer to Jesus. I still do not feel like I know Him as I should, none the less, I feel a very strong friendship. I want to meet Him. There is only one way to do that that I know about and no way to avoid it. Death is never easy. It is the last test of faith. When one dies, it is the adventure of a lifetime I think and maybe a bit scary. Now if He wants to come back while I still live, that would be fine too. I am not above being caught up in the air like Elijah never tasting death. That would make me immortal right? Still there would be a change. A new mind, a new body (20 something, but with a brain this time please) and a new existence unlike anything in the physical world at present. Adventures scare me. Change scares me. But if Jesus is going to be there, it's all I need to know. He is my big brother. I miss Him even though I have never seen Him...isn't that weird? Even so, it will be a long overdue family reunion.
Death is the window to forever. It is not the end. It is the beginning.
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Hope to see you topside.