When I was a teenager and my mom was still living I can remember when she would gather her three youngest children and go for a ride. I remember vividly that she would almost always drive thru the cemetery where she would be buried. She wanted to see her final resting place when she went home to be with the Lord.
Not so long ago my wife and I visited the church we attended several years back and visited her parent’s graves in the adjoining cemetery. As of now it will be our final resting place when we go home to be with Lord. I guess I never understood why mom wanted to see the cemetery but it makes more sense to me now than it did then.
As we looked around among the graves we would think of the people that we knew in the past and how we missed them. A lot of time has passed since we last saw them and seeing their names engraved on a tombstone made us realize that life is short and that one day our time will come for us to go to our final resting place on earth.
We are told in Isaiah 57:1-2; “The righteous perishes, and no man takes it to heart; merciful men are taken away, while no one considers that the righteous is taken away from evil. He shall enter into peace; they shall rest in their beds, each one walking in his uprightness.”
As we walk this earth, even though we may be one of the righteous, we are going to suffer oppression and distress at what is going on around us. We are going to worry and suffer anxiety until we realize that when we die in faith that we are going to enjoy our eternal rest and reward.
As a teenager I knew where my faith was but didn’t realize that any day could be my last day on earth. My mom realized that her time was short and she would be free of the troubles that are created on earth and she would enter the gates of Heaven and be with the Lord Jesus Christ. Her earthly body would go into a resting place and she wouldn’t be bothered by the sins of the world anymore.
I now realize why she visited the cemetery and wanted to view her grave site. She loved flowers and always wondered if someone would be around to keep them on her grave. I guess now I wonder the same thing as I have walked through the grass that will probably be my final earthly resting place also.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” How true this is when we know Jesus personally because nothing else matters then.
GARY ANDREWS' devotional appears each week on the Church Pages of your Clarksdale Press Register. You can contact him at GARY@gadevotionals.com