Famous last words become etched in time sometimes expose a peaceful or agonized soul while some cast an amusing light while a person awaits test. I happened to come across several last words from famous people.
“How were the receipts today at Madison Square Garden?” (PT Barnum)
“Now comes the mystery.” (Henry Ward Beecher)
“Friends applaud, the comedy is finished.” (Beethoven)
A famous songwriter knew he was close to death. This was going to be his last chance to pen a song that could send a message to his son, Solomon and to his people. The words of the song went something like this;
“The Lord’s voice who I’ve come to trust and know so well has spoken to me one more time. Every man must rule his house with an eye on eternity – an awe-filled wonder and fear in the Creator of all things.
The Lord is like the morning light peaking its rays through the window on a cloudless day.
He is like the freshness after a cleansing rain when there is still moisture on the grass.
This is the same Lord I welcome every morning in my house and bid adieu in the evening.
The same Lord that was with me when I was born and now when I’m about to die. Everything is now in order. My Lord keeps his promises to me. My children will be provided for and secure. But more importantly, my eternal home is waiting – the house for which he has prepared a dwelling for me. The same dwelling that I desire for my children when it’s their time to come to their real home.
I know that evil exists and will attempt to snare my children like thorns grasping at my sleeve when I pick a rose. People who do not fear God have no interest in what is eternal, but focus on what is temporal. Like plants and flowers that spring forth beauty, they too will wither and die. So, my sons, keep your house in order. But more importantly, keep your eternal home in order by trusting your whole life in God.” (Based off David’s last psalm in 2 Samuel 23:1-7)
Real life wisdom is recognizing that this life is just a morning mist that will evaporate with the morning sun. No matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we can trust that God is working out all things for our good. And in God’s eyes, our “good” is securing a place in heaven where we will dwell forever.
What could be more important than that?