There’s a story I’ve heard, I don’t remember where or who told it to me first, but it’s beautiful. I found a retelling of it and I want to share it with you,
A woman met with her pastor to discuss her final wishes, as she only had a very short time to live. After they discussed the plans for the funeral, she remembered one final request that was very important to her. She said, “I want to be buried holding a spoon in my right hand.” The pastor gazed at the woman, at a loss for words. “That surprises you, doesn’t it?” the woman asked. “You see, Pastor, in all my years of attending potluck dinners, I remember that when the dishes were being cleared, someone would lean over to me & say, ‘Keep your spoon.’ I knew then that something better was coming, like velvety chocolate cake or deep dish apple pie…something wonderful to end the meal!” As the pastor listened a smile came upon his face. The woman continued, “So, I just want people to see me in the casket with a spoon in my hand & I want them to wonder, ‘What’s with the spoon?'” Then I want you to tell them: “Keep your spoon–the best is yet to come.” The pastor’s eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged her good-bye.
In Ephesians 2:6-7 Paul writes,
…and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6-7 ESV)
Does that not overwhelm you? Does that not fill your heart with joy? The blessings of following Jesus are not just here and now, they are future and forever. He will lavish his grace and kindness on us forever.
Friends, keep your spoon, the best is yet to come!