Yesterday as I waited at a traffic light, I noticed dark and ominous clouds signaling the approaching storm predicted by our local weatherman. Yes, he is right once in a while. What perked my attention was as the front moved toward me the contrast between the blue sky and the black clouds was striking. They were defined by a straight line separating the two. It was as though God was telling the onlookers He fashioned this display to remind us of our choices for the afterlife.
Do we need to be reminded? You betcha.
I thought of heaven as I focused on the blue portion with its puffy white clouds shaping soft and beautiful patterns. It is the home designed for the faithful for everlasting rest and a place of comfort to worship and lift up the Father and His Son forever. But soon the sinister and threatening dark clouds completely covered the sky and hid the warm rays of the afternoon sun. It was like the evil Separator was seeking to pry Gods followers away from the eternal promise and into the fiery tomb of remorse and regret.
Listen as God speaks through the prophet Isaiah to the far off and distant nations,
“In that day they will roar over it like the roaring of the sea. And if one looks at the land, there is only darkness and distress; even the sun will be darkened by clouds.” Isaiah 5:30
Someday we will find out whether our past decisions lead us to a place many describe as “Paradise” with its spectacular beauty of green and peaceful pastures or a place of unimaginable suffering and chaos.
It is a choice we all need to make and it needs to be made now. Only He knows what tomorrow may bring. In my case, I could never imagine, even in my wildest dreams, having a massive heart attack while on vacation. One moment I was walking out of a hotel room and the next minute my wife was calling 911. You just never know. Or the time recently when I blacked out after my heart rhythm decided to escalate to death levels. I praise and thank God everyday for the physician who suggested a pacemaker and defibulator to aid this old and severely damaged heart.
This all reminds me of a passage found in the Book of Acts,
“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest in hope, because
you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, you will not let your holy one see decay. You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.” Acts 2:26-28