Secrets of Tomorrow

When my first husband left me and the kids on the mission field, I was devastated.

I totally did not see it coming.

It was a shock.

I felt like I was less than worthless.

I was far from home, far from family, alone, but not really alone.

  • I had God.
  • I had my kids.
  • And a dear sister from the local church stepped up to the plate and played the role of a second mom for me, since my mom was not there.

Renée knew that in my grief, I was not eating well, so she sent me home with a brioche (sweet bread) and sweetly told me to eat a little bit of steak.

She gave me a special necklace to remember her by, which I still have.

She and her husband, Olivier, watched the kids for a few hours at least once.

And, another day they took me and the kids on a special day trip to the mountains to pick mushrooms, which I had never had the opportunity to do before nor have I since then. After picking mushrooms, they took us to a quaint little restaurant with a huge fireplace and treated us to hot chocolate, and on leaving the restaurant, the first snow of the season began to fall. It was a magical sort of day with such a sweet couple.

A few days ago I learned that they were both taken from this earth in a fatal car crash back in January of this year.

At first I couldn’t believe it. But, as you can imagine, since it was verified that it was so, I have had some episodes of deep sadness. And it has caused my mind to go to places that it does not go often enough.

One of the biggest lessons I have been drawing from this is to remember that life is short.

We are not guaranteed another day,

  • another day to live,
  • another day to love,
  • another day to call someone precious to us and let them know how much they mean to us.

Once death comes knocking on our door, it’s too late to do whatever it was that we were putting off.

Tomorrow is a day we can plan for but not boast about.

Tomorrow may not come.

 

Scripture says,

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”  Prov. 27:1 NIV

and,

Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’  Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”  James 4:13, 14 NIV

Perhaps someone reading here has never given much thought to eternity and the hereafter.

If that’s you, please do not put it off. 

“Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.”  2Corinthians 6:2  NLT

You  never know if you have another day to make sure you are on good terms with God.

Jesus gave His life on the cross because this was (and continues to be) IMPORTANT!

If you could have gone to spend eternity with God in a wonderful place called Heaven by any other way, it would have been just absurd for Him to go through such agony on your behalf.

But it was the only way.  (John 14:6)

He paid for your pardon, and in order for the pardon He offers you from the judgment for your sins to be yours, you have to accept that pardon from God on His terms, believing that Jesus died for you, and receiving Him into your life as Savior and Lord.  (Romans 6:23; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8,9)

Just as a prisoner cannot buy a pardon that is already being offered, so you do not have to do anything to buy the pardon that God offers you.

All it takes is just humbly receiving it as a gift.

God wants a relationship with you.  He is calling you now to receive Him.

TODAY.

Please don’t put it off until tomorrow.

You don’t know if you have a tomorrow.

Perhaps you already know Jesus as your Savior and Lord.

If that’s you, you probably have friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors in your life, and even strangers that cross your path, who don’t yet have a relationship with Jesus.

Please don’t just assume that they will still be there tomorrow, or next week, or next year for you to talk with them about it.

Pray for them, and ask the Lord to help you know how to go about telling them how they can know your Savior before it is too late.

What important life decisions have you been putting off?

What do you need to change to stop putting them off?

Do you need more information about how to have a relationship with Jesus?

How has this blog post helped you?

Please leave your answers to these questions in the comment section below.  I’d love to hear from you.

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29 thoughts on “Secrets of Tomorrow

  1. ((Ruth)) I’m so sorry for your loss. ((Hug)) — What a beautiful altar call right here in the middle of the internet. Praying now for the Lord to bring those who need to read these words to this page–that they may find Him. Death has a way of re-calibrating life, doesn’t it? Thanks for the admonition to look inward and consider what can’t be put off. ((xoxo))

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    1. Thanks, Brenda, and thanks for your prayers.
      Yes, we have a way of getting our focus on the things of lesser importance to the neglect of that which is imperative.
      Thanks so much for continuing to press on with the link ups!
      ((Hug))
      Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  2. I love how you share your heart so generously even through your pain. Thank you for this reminder to not take life for granted but also for sharing Christ with others. I am praying your message of eternal hope reaches many. I’m so sorry you are grieving the loss of this wonderful couple. Your life honors their memory.

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    1. Thank you, Andrea, for your prayers and for your sweet words.
      If you know of anyone who could benefit from this message of eternal hope, please feel free to share it. I need help getting the message out. Thanks!
      You are a blessing as well.

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    1. Thanks, Susan! May the Lord bless His word to your heart and bring it back to mind at all the right times.
      The Lord is good all the time, even in those difficult times. May He give us the wisdom and courage to keep on sharing what He is teaching us with those He puts in our path.

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  3. This hit me as well this week, as a dear childhood friend lost her battle with cancer. She’s a believer and her life shined for Christ despite the years of fighting. Such a good reminder and refiner of what really matters. Thank you! #raralinkup

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    1. Thanks, Lisa, for your visit and encouraging words! Sorry to hear of your loss, as well. There’s such a mixture of emotions in the memories and in knowing that it may be a long time before we see them again in eternity. God bless you as you go through this trying time.

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  4. Thank you for this reminder that life is short. We have a gift of today which we must make the most use of. Really blessed reading your post. So sorry for your loss. May God strenghten you each day to live for Him and make His love known to others. Stopping by from # Coffe for your heart link up.

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth! I’m so glad that you were blessed here. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words and for your prayer of blessing.
      May the Lord fill you with His Spirit and guide you through each today that you have left on this side of glory.

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  5. Hi Ruthie–
    So sorry to hear such a loving and sweet couple is gone from this earth, I hope now with our dear Savior. I read your blog to Dan. Thank you for your uplifting and precious words.
    Love you!
    Toni

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  6. My goodness, what a shocking piece of news to receive! May you find peace and comfort in the good memories you cherish. And thank you for this testimony to the truth that the body of Christ surrounding a hurting soul can make a big difference!

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    1. Yes, it is, Barbie. All the more reason to make every effort to walk in the ways of our God so that we don’t waste any more of the precious time that He has given us. He has given us a spiritual job to do that we can only do well when we abide in Him and His Word. May the Lord help us to keep our focus on Him, even in the difficulties of our lives.
      Thanks, Barbie, for your kind comment. Blessings on you in the new week ahead.

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  7. I’m so sorry, Ruth! Your words are a truth-filled reminder of what’s most important as we journey through this life toward the one to come. God bless you and thanks so much for joining us at Counting My Blessings!

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  8. Thank you so much for reminding us that life is precious and we should not put off what we can do today. Thank you also for telling us about that sweet couple and this shows us that though you were in the mission field, you were their mission field. This goes to show that we can never miss an opportunity to serve God through serving others if we really want to.

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    1. Hello, Dr. Miriam! You are right that we can serve God any time and any place by serving the people in need that He brings across our path. My friends ministered to my needs, and I believe God saw it and was pleased. They truly loved the Lord, and how much more now that they are in His Presence!

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  9. Oh, my prayers are with you and all the ones that knew and loved your friends. I cannot imagine the heartache of losing two people so unexpectedly. You are so right that we need to seize our chances to do what God calls us to do IN THE MOMENT because we are not promised another one. Thank you for sharing this with me so I can pray for you as life continues to move along after such a loss.

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    1. Thanks, Jamie, for your visit, your prayers, and your kind words. I’m sure their son would appreciate your prayers for him and his family, as well.
      Blessings on you as you continue to walk your walk of motherhood for the glory of the Lord. Thanks for the linkup over at your blog.

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