THE BEST IS YET TO COME
Bernard - Publisher
ďWhat no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the
heart of man conceived,
what God has prepared for those who
love himĒ (1 Corinthians 2:9;
cf. Isaiah 64:4).
the happiest moment you have ever experienced. The euphoria
when something is sought and finally won, perhaps a new job, the
birth of a baby, maybe the joy of being in love. A multitude of
precious and happy times. Well, life is filled with many happy
moments and generally that is what they are...moments in time. For
each lifetime is a series of priceless but broken segments laced
with solid and sometimes hard realities. If life were a continuous
nonstop avenue of complete happiness and joy we would never strive
to reach for that golden dream of Godís eternity. We would be very
content then with what we have. But life isnít like that.
There is that prod, that something
built inside all of us that keeps on aiming for endless tranquility,
happiness and perfection, even in the face of adversity.
As humans, we still continually try to fill the empty places
that plague us all.
Now consider an unbroken
pattern of supreme joy that will never end. We are all aware that
this is very hard to do when life is fraught with just trying to
maintain some semblance of peace and serenity, some assurances that
all is well with family and friends, as well as the endless things
that just make up living. In spite of lifeís busiest schedules,
choose a quiet, reflective time and contemplate that amazing and
absolute exultation we all desire, this supreme joy that is promised
to us by God. Sometimes it seems far away in the distance of time
when we take a hard look at the many bridges we have to cross to get
there. We reflect on it but the road leading there seems very
long. But as we grow tired and victories become scattered and far
between and there is an abundance of unfulfilled dreams, we begin to
think about the wonder of Godís covenant with us. We yearn for His
cup which will be filled to the brim with never ending rapture with
no cloudy segments to blight perfection. No more pain, no more
suffering, no more growing old and no more tears. Just eternal
jubilance. And this is what God offers to us. After our many years
of trudging uphill, we are then truly ready to reach the summit of
lifeís mountaintop...to finally reach that pinnacle of happiness
which comes to each of us who believe in our Heavenly Father and our
Savior Jesus Christ.
I was inspired to write
this article after I received a most beautiful short story a loving
and precious cousin-in-law sent to me and which immediately follows
this paragraph. I do not know who wrote it but after some revisions
I am including it here because I want to share it with all of you.
It contains such faith and confidence that it makes oneís soul sing
with anticipation. I believe it is powerfully thought provoking and
speaks with assurance of the wonderful future which we as Christian
Catholics will have someday. A future which we sometimes try to
hold in abeyance in favor of this imperfect human existence. But if
we can get beyond this world, keeping our eyes fixed on what God
promised we can move ahead without fear, without regret, and with
great expectation and excitement, for the best is yet to come.
KEEP YOUR FORK
There was a 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. 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 quite what to say. "That surprises
you, doesn't it?" the woman asked.
"Well, to be honest, I am puzzled by the request," said the
pastor. The woman explained, "In all my years of attending church
socials and potluck 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 I said: "Keep your fork....the best is yet to
....we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we
believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep
to the Lordís word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are
left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those
who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord himself
will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of
the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in
Christ will rise first.
After that, we who are
still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the
clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord
Therefore encourage one another with
these words." - 1Thessalonians 4: 14-18.
faith, trust and obedience, move confidently in
the Lord for though this life is fraught with trials, remember
always that the best is yet to come.