After years of remodeling, my husband and I contemplated selling our home. Real estate prices in our area had skyrocketed, luring us to dip our toes in the hot market. However, one day of home shopping quickly squelched those thoughts. Most homes were over-priced, in need of remodeling, and/or lacked the homey feel we’ve come to enjoy.
This dose of reality inspired us to stay where we are, content as clams.
But someday our address will change…
When Billy Graham was questioned about what would happen to him after his last breath, he said, “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
What a brilliant statement of faith!
During a meeting, Billy Graham told the audience this anecdote:
“I’m told that there is a cemetery in Indiana that has an old tombstone bearing this epitaph:
Pause, stranger, when you pass me by
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, so you will be
So prepare for death and follow me
An unknown passerby read those words and underneath scratched this reply:
To follow you I’m not content
Until I know which way you went.”
Sounds like the question Thomas asked when Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection: “We don’t know where you’re going, so how can we know the way?” (John 14:5, NIV)
Rather than rebuking Thomas, Jesus compassionately calms the fear in this young man. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6, NIV)
Unlike the tombstone epitaph, once we ask Jesus into our hearts, we know which way to go. One step at a time, we follow Him until, like Billy Graham, we have a change of address.
Southwest Airlines is famous for asking if we wanna get away. But only Jesus has the correct coordinates and the keys to the kingdom. If you’re trusting in Him, your ticket is reserved, your home prepared, and your destination assured.
Are you ready for a change of address?
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