All of us have to try and find an answer to this important and personal question, which refers to what happens to us when we die or when Jesus comes again.
As a Christian, I have put my faith in Jesus Christ and he gives me his reply in John 14 : 1 -6
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14 : 1 -6, NIV)
Note that the title of this PPP is ‘WHERE am I going?’ and not ‘WHEN am I going?’. Only God knows ‘when’. And so, what does the future hold until the day of my departure? Although the language is rather old-fashioned, the following poem is very meaningful to me:
The Rest of the Way
O fathomless mercy! O infinite grace!
With humble thanksgiving the road I retrace.
Thou never hast failed me, my Strength and my Stay!
To whom should I turn for the rest of the way?
Through dangers, through darkness, by day and by night,
Thou ever hast guided and guided aright:
In thee have I trusted and peacefully lay
My hand in Thy hand for the rest of the way
Thy cross all my refuge, Thy blood all my plea,
None other I need blessed Jesus but Thee!
I fear not the shadows at close of life’s day,
For thou wilt go with me the rest of the way.
This PPP brings us to the end of the third and final year of Peter’s Pithy Pointers. So what about THE REST OF THE WAY? As long as the Lord permits me to keep going on, I hope to be writing Peter’s Ongoing Pointers. This acronym POP is very fitting for an octogenarian!