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Are You Ready?

Posted by on April 11, 2013

Are You Ready?

No, I’m not singing an AC/DC song.  I’m talking about dying and being prepared for the day of your death.  This is a topic most people prefer not to discuss or even think about.  Who really wants to talk about death?  Well today, I do and I’ll tell you why.

Last week I pulled an oversize load from Idaho Falls, ID, to Terrell, TX.  Other than some low clearance issues in Texas, this was a pretty good load.  Saturday found me driving eastbound across Wyoming on I-80.  West of Elk Mountain around the 240 yardstick I saw emergency vehicles and traffic backed up on the westbound side.  I do what I always do when I see flashing lights; I muted the radio and said a quick prayer for victim of whatever emergency waited ahead of me and for the skills of the emergency responders.  As I slowed down and rolled past the congestion on my left, I saw a motorcycle on its side with a blanket covering the majority of the bike.  On the shoulder near the motorcycle was an 18-wheeler parked with traffic going around it.  An obvious and general conclusion could be drawn that the rider of the motorcycle was deceased and somehow the big truck was involved.

After passing through, I pulled down my radio mic and asked other drivers in the area to pray for the fatality in the hammer lane of the westbound side.  A couple of us briefly discussed how quickly life can end.  One of the other drivers said how his father passed away suddenly the week before.  Our trucks must have pulled away from each other and our conversation ceased before I could ask him a few pressing questions.

So what about this accident inspired me to compose a blog?  Here’s the thing about death:  You rarely know when yours will happen.

How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?  Your life is like the morning fog-it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.  What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”  James 4:14

In the past I’ve mentioned that I read my local obituaries online every day.  When an obit says a funeral or celebration of life is planned, but not in a church or with a pastoral liturgist, it absolutely breaks my heart.  That person died and likely did not know Christ.  The Bible is very clear as to the eternal fate of those who choose to ignore God.  If they do not know Him in life, they will not know Him in death and shall spend eternity in misery.  Eternity…not just a short stay.

People often “joke” how all their friends will be in hell so it will be another party when they all get there.  What they fail to grasp is the fact that hell isn’t a party.  It is complete isolation.  To make it worse, they will be allowed to see the joy that is taking place in heaven and realize just how close to it they were but will now never be.

It truly hurts me to see people who have died and were not saved.  Conversely though, when I read an obituary that mentions not just a church funeral, but a life dedicated to Christ, it brings a literal smile to my face.  If you are dedicated to the Lord, death is not feared.

Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.  Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.”  John 11:25

Those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.  Isaiah 57:2

I have a true passion for bringing Christ to the big road.  It is so evident every single day how many drivers do not know Him.  I pray daily that I can recognize the opportunities God places before me witness to the lost.  Jesus met people where they were…in the trenches so to speak.  Truck stops are my trenches and we truly are fighting a war with Satan.

Driving a big truck is dangerous.  I am reminded each day that I not only have my own life to take care of, but also the lives of each person I encounter on the road.  My loads routinely scale me right around 80,000 lbs and are usually as wide or wider than the lane I’m driving in.  Things sometimes happen around me very suddenly.  There are opportunities for tragedy surrounding us constantly.  I’d prefer to be spiritually prepared for anything.

After sharing a morning devotion over the radio early one morning, I had a driver respond back and ask me what I would do if I only had 24 hours to live.  I told him I would continue doing exactly what I was currently doing.  I do not have to make quick amends with God.  I’m ready when he is.  Can you say the same?

Thanks for reading!  Remember…keep the rubber down and the antennas pointed up.

Joshua 1:9

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