Devotional: HOLD ONTO YOUR FORK

I want to tell you a true story of an old friend, Glen Wheeler. In 1963, his wife, Evelyn had open heart surgery. For 18 years she was kept alive by a Starr-Edward artificial heart valve. During those difficult years of ill health, Glen and Evelyn frequently quoted this phrase in Robert Browning’s poem, “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” Another favorite phrase of theirs was “Hold on to your fork.” You know where that phrase comes from. You have a delicious meal. As the hostess removes the dinner plates from the table, she says, “Hold on to your fork.” She knew what was coming and it would be the best part of the meal. In a few moments, the hostess brings you a generous helping of your favorite dessert. You pick up your fork and enjoy the best part of the meal. No wonder she said, “Hold on to your folk.”

And this is the way life is. “THE BEST IS YET TO BE.”

Evelyn died March 5, 1981. Glen said, “The fork not only slipped, but it seemed to break.”
After the graveside service as Glen was leaving the grave, he looked back for one final glimpse. His eyes were filled with tears, his heart nearly bursting. Glen said it seemed as if he heard a familiar feminine voice whisper, “Glen, the best is yet to be, it really is. Hold on to your fork.”

GOD’S MESSAGE IS “CHRISTIAN HOLD ON TO YOUR FORK – THE BEST IS YET TO BE.”

Listen to God’s Word in 2 Corinthians 4:16 – 18 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far out weighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

Your Friend in Christ,
Max E Smith
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