The Lord will never leave our side and never give us more than we can
handle. God remembers our frame and knows that we are mere dust
(Psalm 103:14). He is our strength and healer and our perfect deliverer.
Always remember that if God is for you, then who can be against you
(Romans 8:31). His love for us is so amazing and unbelievable that He
gave His one and only Son to die for our sins, that we might be justified
and have Eternal life with Him forever (Romans 8:32) (John 3:16-17). I
encourage you to shout unto the Lord and praise His Holy Name for His
goodness and mercy that is from everlasting to everlasting. (Psalm 103:17)
This is a good story sent to me by one of our dear members and thought it
had a good message to share with you. I hope this story blesses you as it
did for me.
KEEP YOUR FORK
There was a woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had
been given three months to live. As she was getting her things "in
order," she contacted her pastor and had him come to her house to discuss
certain aspects of her final wishes. She told him which songs she wanted
sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit
she wished to be buried in. The woman also requested to be buried with
her favorite Bible.
Everything was in order and the pastor was preparing to leave, when the
woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
"There's one more thing," she said excitedly.
"What's that?" came the pastor's reply.
"This is very important," the woman continued. "I want to be buried with
a fork in my right hand."
The pastor stood looking at the woman, not knowing what to say.
"That surprises you, doesn't it?" the woman asked.
"Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request," said the pastor.
The woman explained. "In all my years of attending church socials and
potluck dinners, I remember that always when the dishes of the main course
were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your
fork.' It was my favorite part, because I knew something better was
coming-like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something
wonderful, and with substance!
So I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my
hand, and I want them to wonder, 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you
to tell them: "Keep your fork---the best is yet to come."
The pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the woman
goodbye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her
before her death. But he also knew that the woman had a better grasp of
Heaven than he did. She Knew that something better was coming!
At the funeral, people were walking by the woman's casket and they saw the
pretty dress she was wearing, and her favorite Bible, and the fork placed
in her right hand. Over and over, the pastor heard the question, "What's
with the fork?" And over and over he smiled.
During his message the pastor told the people of the conversation he had
with the woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork
and about what it symbolized to her. The pastor told the people how he
could not stop thinking about the fork, and he told them that they
probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was
So the next time you reach down for your fork, let it remind you ever so
gently that the best is yet to come!
Whatever we do in life and no matter how good or bad life is on this
Earth, it is incomparable to the great things God has prepared for us in
Heaven. The Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 2:9 "…Eye hath not seen, nor
ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which
God hath prepared for them that love him." God loves you and will be with
you no matter where you are in life. Simply call on Him and ask for it.
Be encouraged and know that whatever problems we may face here on Earth is
only temporary. There will come a time where all who have put their trust
in the Lord Jesus Christ will never cry or feel pain again as God promises
in (Revelation 21:4-5). I know life sometimes seems long and full of
troubles but these temporary problems are nothing compared to the joy and
happiness we shall have in Eternity with God. Stay faithful and true to
the Lord and you shall have reward in Heaven (Galatians 6:9-10).
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
John 14:1-3 Jesus says "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go
and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto
myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
James 4:14 "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a
little time and then vanishes away."
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 "For our light affliction, which is but for a
moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which
are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things
which are not seen are eternal."
Revelation 21:4-5 "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and
there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall
there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he
that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…"
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry