“Will you be there?” is written on the front of the envelope. I probably will never know what the content of the letter is all about, because the letter is not addressed to me. It goes back to the sender.
But what a good question. I am reminded of my eternal destiny.
Not long ago I came across the Maori proverb, which says: “INA KEI TE MOHIO KOE KO WAI KOE, I ANGA MAI KOE I HEA, KEI TE MOHIO KOE. KEI TE ANGA ATU KI HEA.” “If you know who you are and where you are from, then you will know where you are going.”
I know that I am a child of God. I know also where I come from. “From the beginning of creation God made them male and female,” the Lord says in Mark 10:6, referring to Genesis 1:27. That is significant. As a child of God I know where I am going. And as a child of God I am also certain about my eternal destiny. I enjoy the certainty with confidence. I give also praise to God for the certainty.
Are you familiar with the hymn “When the roll is called up yonder,” by James Black, who lived from 1856-1938?
The hymn has three verses. The first verse begins with “When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more, …” (1 Thessalonians 4:16). I love that!. And all three verses end with “I’ll be there,” including the chorus.
I know that “I’ll be there.” Why? Because it says so in the Bible. In 1 John 5:13 we read, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
But now the question is “Will you be there?” You can know!