I just finished reading “God’s Story” by Max Lucado. In one chapter he talks about our life on earth being like a preface to a book. I’d never thought of my life in that way before, but it makes sense.
In many eulogies, I’ve heard reference to the dash between the years on our grave markers as being the life we’d lived, and how it is so small in comparison to the footprints we leave behind. The dash says little about us. In fact, it seems demeaning to all those years if I think about it.
We shouldn’t think of that last date as being the end of our life. Truly it is the beginning. Think about it. God is using our life on earth to prepare us for our eternal life.
Everyone dies. There is no way to escape death. We don’t know when our time will come, or in what manner death will take us. The only thing we can be certain of, if we are Christians, is that we will go to Heaven and that Jesus has prepared a room for us. (John 14:2)
As I think about my life being a preface, it is clear God has been changing me day after day. He is preparing me for my eternal life. My work here is a stepping stone to a glorious life I can’t even imagine.
James tells us that we should count it joy when we fall into various trials because this tests our faith and produces patience. (See James 1:2-3) Also he says “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” (James 1:12 NKJV)
Looking back through the years, I’ve experienced pain, sorrow, joy, love, despair, doubt, deceit, rejection, and acceptance. There are times when I turned away from God and did things my way, but God’s way is so much better than mine. He brings good out of all the mistakes I’ve made.
This is the preface to my life. What a wonderful thought!! God is preparing me on earth for the eternal life where there will be no more pain, tears, suffering…no more death. I’m happy for every day here on earth, but I’m also ready for the rest of the story to begin.