A Forward Look Behind

In looking back through notes written several years ago, this one stands out to me today. It was written on January 10, 2007. It was Tuesday in North Bend, WA, at Ken’s Restaurant in the Seattle East T/A truck stop.

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I say to you, Today you shall be with Me in Paradise.'”
(Luke 23:43 MKJV)

This verse is used in the Our Daily Bread devotional for today. And in another devotional, a verse is used about Peter, who after walking and sinking into the water, calls out to Jesus and is helped.

This day I set out to ascend and descend Snowqualmie Summit, [it is snow covered, and I’d waited until early in the morning to leave, avoiding the worst of the snow storm that passed through on Monday] to go to Salt Lake City, then on to Las Vegas. Y’shua has been with me on this journey–this journey ‘Into the Highways.’ And this day I’m reminded that any day might be my last on Earth, and might be my first in Heaven.

It is a time to remember there are things undone, left undone, that are worth noting. And once noting [them], it is worth undertaking these things so that they can be things done. This takes me back to “Be Prepared.” [The previous year, I spent quite a bit of time reading through Y’shuaJesus’s teachings on being prepared, and thinking upon this idea, trying to practice it.]

I think about my life examined. Not an examination by The Judge, however. I think about people I don’t know going through my things scattered along the road, if I were to be in an accident. It reminds me of Randy Travis’s song, “Three Wooden Crosses.” And I think, “It’s not about me living, but what is left behind.” It’s about what good was there. Did I reach out and grasp the hand of another who struggles on the hike up the hill of life?

Lord, take me from today, where I am, and guide me to where I am to be, until the time I join you at The Feast. Amen.

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .

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