A Picture of Our Life Journeys on this Planet April 7, 2021
Every one born since God created Adam and Eve has a life measure on a calendar. Take for instance, the journeys of my relatives:
My father’s mother was Violet. She died in the Spanish flu in 1919: 38 years old. My father Everett lived to age 95. His twin, a girl, died at birth when Violet died. My mother Ida Earlene, lived to 83 (same as her mother). Our first born, Amy Joy, died in birthing. Our 3 more children are 40, 37, and 34. We have 8 grandchildren now—all are blessing to us. The ages are all over the calendar. Our testimony is: “Heaven is sweeter now for us.” Our compassionate Almighty God comforted us here and our baby there.
Bible history records deaths at every age. These died: a child Abijah, a young boy ... God found “something good” toward the LORD God (1st King 14:1-18). The boy was kept from being murdered. All his brothers were killed and their bodies eaten by wild vicious dogs and birds. (verse 11). The wife of the prophet Ezekiel; God told him that she would die that night. She died calmly and in peace. (Ezekiel 24:15-24). Someone scratches his/her head, wondering -- why this? Ezekiel’s wife would have been tortured, raped, and body mauled. The boy and the lady were in Paradise. God is merciful to His own people.
One way to examine it is a railroad: the engine has a slow take-off and many places to do this or that. The office gives out a planned route, planned times, and the arrival in the last station. The LORD knows the route, the beautiful sights through farm countries, cities, and mountains. The LORD knows the broken bridges, some rails are damaged, and if a car or truck is trapped at the crossing. He has saved trains many times.
Moses, a man of God, was inspired to live out a better stretch of the “railroad.” “The days of our lives are 70 years, and by reason of strength they are 80 years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is cut off and we fly away. Who knows the power of Your anger? For as the FEAR of YOU, so is Your wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:10-12).
Let’s get real. We must rescue true Americans! Some passengers in this model train have “jumped board” to tear it up, bomb the bridges, rails, and kill innocent bystanders. We also must take on the journey that is set before us. God will help us.
It is not death to die, to leave this weary road,
and join the saints who dwell on high,
who’ve found their Home with God.
It is not death to close the eye longed dimmed by tears,
And wake in joy before Your throne,
Delivered from our fears. --Henri C. Malan
Pastor Ed Anderson