The other day I was ask this question by a non-believer, what was the best day of my life? After a little thought, I told him that day hasn’t come yet. He said, “come on…” you had to have some good days. I replied to him and said, “I’ve had some very good days… and even some really great ones. Like the day when my child was born, getting married, or the of the greatest is the day I gave my life to Christ.
But the best day hasn’t occurred yet. It will be the day I die. He said I had to be kidding. I explained that the purpose of my life was to serve my God here on earth. The day I die, my earthly service is over, and then I will join my God for eternity.
I’m reminded of a story that was sent to me titled, “Keep the Fork”. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it shows us a way to witness even after our death to our loved ones. Not sure who originally wrote this, but I hope you enjoy it.
Keep your fork!
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So 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 wanted to be buried in. Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young 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 young woman continued. “I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.”
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the young woman asked. “Well, to be honest, I’m puzzled by the request,” said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. “My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that 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 that 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 young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman’s casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing 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 young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either. He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share. Being friends with someone is not an opportunity, but a sweet responsibility. Share this to everyone you consider a FRIEND… and I’ll bet this will be a message they do remember, every time they pick up a fork!
And just remember … Keep your fork!
The BEST is yet to come!
It’s true “The Best is Yet to Come” if you have a relationship with God. My friend it’s easy to get caught up in the world and start working and walking with the world. Maybe your relationship with the Lord is not where it should be. Maybe it’s time to get ready for the Best to come. There’s no better time to do that than the present. We find this in 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Salvation is only a prayer away. It’s free and It’s easy! Just ask God to Forgive and to come into your life. Then make sure you “Keep the Fork”… The best is yet to come. May God Bless you.
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place that we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com or the form below.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16