By Kippy Myers
My wife's grandparents had obtained tickets for a steamboat ride. It
was going to be a little "getaway" for them. But when they got to the
dock and were ready to board, the grandmother decided that she did not
want to go. The husband tried to persuade her to get on the steamboat
since they were all prepared, had their luggage with them, etc., but she
said that she had a bad feeling about it and was afraid that the boat
would sink. Oddly enough, some friends of theirs approached them. They
had tried to purchase tickets for the boat ride but the tickets were all
sold out and thus, they could not go. The grandparents explained why
they were not going and gave their tickets to the friends who were happy
to receive them. Sadly, they boat sank, taking the friends with it.
Country singer, Waylon Jennings, was playing a concert trip with
several other musicians. Rather than take the tour bus to the next town,
however, one of the artists was able to rent a private airplane and
pilot to take him there. There was room for one more to ride, so Waylon
and Buddy Holly flipped a coin to see who would go. Buddy won and
happily climbed on board. Waylon lost ... he thought. The plane crashed,
killing all on board.
A young preacher sat on a streetcar in San Fransisco when some thugs
boarded and sat beside him. He carried a Bible which drew their
attention. One "tough guy" stood and began to ridicule the preacher. The
young preacher sat in silence until the boy asked him, "Hey, Preacher. I
guess you know everything, huh?" Well, tell us this - how far is it to
eternity?" The other boys laughed, but the preacher responded, "Just a
Eternity is only a heartbeat, a breath, a car trip, a street
crossing, etc., away. STAY ready and you'll BE ready" ... for in an hour
that ye think not, the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 24:44).
Kippy Myers, Illustrations that Illustrate, The World Evangelist, Feb. 1996.