“Do you know where you’re going to?”

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Diana Ross

 

No apologies today for a post to make us think – me included!

There is so much good in our world, yet so often these days we hear the tragic news of promising young lives cut short. Just this weekend we heard of the fatal shooting of Prince William County Police Officer Ashley Guindon near Woodbridge, Virginia, USA. Ashley was only 29 years old, and was on her first shift after only being sworn in the day before. Ashley was shot while investigating a domestic disturbance in which the suspect’s wife also died. Two other officers were injured.

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Ashley Guindon (centre)

Ashley was a talented individual. She held a degree in aeronautics and a license to fly historical aircraft. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

If there is one thing we can learn from this tragic incident, it is that we cannot take the future for granted, no matter how old we are. When applying to draw certain types of pension, the finance company will estimate how many years they think you have left to live – what a reality check! Yet that estimate may be years out. However, the question should not be, “How long have I got left?”, but “Do I know where I’m going to when it happens?”

Every year millions of us pay our annual subscription for breakdown cover in case we need to call out a mechanic on our journey. We want to make sure we arrive at our destination; but surely our eternal destination is of far greater importance?

The good news is that there is a Divine Power, a Supreme Being, our Creator, who knows all about us, including how long we’ve got left, yet loves and cares for us. He offers us a fresh start, forgiveness and peace of mind now, not based on what we’ve done, but based on what Jesus did for each one of us, when He went to the cross in our place, paying the price for our record of wrong. He offers us a life of freedom, purpose and hope, and not only that, but also a new life in eternity.

With all that on offer, the question comes to mind, as sung by artists including Thelma Houston, Diana Ross and  Mariah Carey:

“Do you know where you’re going to?

Do you like the things that life is showing you

Where are you going to?

Do you know?

Do you get

What you’re hoping for

When you look behind you

There’s no open door

What are you hoping for?

Do you know?”

One day, when you step into eternity, you will look behind you and there’ll be no open door, no way back. Will you then be glad you made the best decision ever, knowing perfect love, acceptance, peace and security or will your future be filled with regret? An ancient spiritual leader once said, “Choose life!”

“Theme from Mahogany (Do You Know Where You’re Going To)” is a song written by Michael Masser and Gerald Goffin, and recorded by American singers Thelma Houston in 1973, and most notably Diana Ross as the theme to the 1975 Motown/Paramount film Mahogany.

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What is your safety net?

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Entering the cannon

A great tragedy occurred in Kent on Monday. Matt Cranch, a young stuntman, performing as a human cannonball died when a safety net failed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Many people have a spiritual safety net that they beleieve will keep them safe in eternity. For Egyptian pharaohs it was the treasures that filled their tombs. For some today, their safety net is a belief in reincarnation, without any certainty that it will hold them. Of course wishful thinking doesn’t turn something that is supposed into something that is real. The atheist claims that there is no life after this one, but has no certainty; remember the 2008 atheist bus campaign slogan, “There’s probably no God.” The only dependable safety net is a real relationship now with the One who made us; knowing that as the Bible describes it, “The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath  are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27)

A second tragedy occurred this week in Texas on Wednesday. David Wilkerson, a world famous author and pastor, died in a fatal traffic accident. Whether Matt knew where he was going or not, we don’t know, but David Wilkerson certainly did. He knew God personally, and had done for many years. You can read about his experiences with God and with New York gang members in his book The Cross and the Switchblade. God’s words were precious to David. Just as the Psalmist writes:

“Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law.” (Psalm 119:109)