I read this story today and found it something I really needed. My back has been in very bad shape the last week and is getting me down. I was on my way home from church and stopped at the store. As I was walking out of the store I sneezed and the pain in my back caused me to fall. As I was trying to get up and get the things piced up that had fallen I was thinking I HAVE HAD IT. Once home I sat at my computer I decieded I wasn’t going to do my blog today, then the Lord had me open this email and it helped me put things into perpective. The Best is yet to come! God will continue to give the strength. If you find yourself struggling and ready to give up, read this story and REMEMBER “Keep your fork, Something better is yet to come”
There was a young woman who had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and had been given three months to live. So as she was getting her things 'in order,' she contacted her Pastor and had him come to her house to discuss certain aspects of her final wishes.
She told him which songs she wanted sung at the service, what scriptures she would like read, and what outfit she wanted to be buried in.
Everything was in order and the Pastor was preparing to leave when the young woman suddenly remembered something very important to her.
'There's one more thing,' she said excitedly.
'What's that?' came the Pastor's reply.
'This is very important,' the young woman continued. 'I want to be buried with a fork in my right hand.'
The Pastor stood looking at the young woman, not knowing quite what to say.
That surprises you, doesn't it?' the young woman asked.
'Well, to be honest, I'm puzzled by the request,' said the Pastor.
The young woman explained. 'My grandmother once told me this story, and from that time on I have always tried to pass along its message to those I love and those who are in need of encouragement. In all my years of attending socials and dinners, I always remember that when the dishes of the main course were being cleared, someone would inevitably lean over and say, 'Keep your fork.' It was my favorite part because I knew that something better was coming...like velvety chocolate cake or deep-dish apple pie. Something wonderful, and with substance!'
So, I just want people to see me there in that casket with a fork in my hand and I want them to wonder 'What's with the fork?' Then I want you to tell them: 'Keep your fork, the best is yet to come.'
The Pastor's eyes welled up with tears of joy as he hugged the young woman good-bye. He knew this would be one of the last times he would see her before her death. But he also knew that the young woman had a better grasp of heaven than he did.. She had a better grasp of what heaven would be like than many people twice her age, with twice as much experience and knowledge.
.. She KNEW that something better was coming.
At the funeral people were walking by the young woman's casket and they saw the cloak she was wearing and the fork placed in her right hand. Over and over, the Pastor heard the question, 'What's with the fork?' And over and over he smiled.
During his message, the Pastor told the people of the conversation he had with the young woman shortly before she died. He also told them about the fork and about what it symbolized to her. He told the people how he could not stop thinking about the fork and told them that they probably would not be able to stop thinking about it either.
He was right. So the next time you reach down for your fork let it remind you, ever so gently, that the best is yet to come. Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed.
They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. Cherish the time you have, and the memories you share ... Being friends with someone is not an opportunity but a sweet responsibility.
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Dear Lord we pray that as we face each of the challenges before us that we would cling to the promies in Philippians 4:13 and ask you to handle it for us. We thank you for the promise and for your love. In Jesus name, Amen