What do you associate with the words “the best is yet to be?”
Is this what we’re to remember when we breathe our last?
Does the best mean heaven?
Is it what we say sarcastically as we age?
Do you say it to someone who has just lost a loved one?
There are few that understand this phrase, including me, until I met a rare woman a few years ago.
The first time I saw her, she was speaking at a women’s retreat. Everyone was dressed to the nines and gave polished presentations. Radiant-faced, she approached the podium, apologizing for her simple clothing and granny shoes.
She shared deep truths about living with her husband who had been stricken with Alzheimers years ago. The world as she knew it had been turned upside down.
Weeks passed, and I happened to see her at Target. Now was my chance to “get the skinny” on what she was really going through. It must be hell.
Nervously, I asked about her husband. He was no longer able to recognize any family member.
How awful! (I didn’t say this to her).
Then, she said, “You know, the best is yet to be.”
How could that be?
How could she actually believe this?
How could her face be radiant and her voice drenched in
Jesus must have been her role model. Let me share why.
John 2:10 says…“but you have saved the best ‘til now.”
Are you familiar with the story about the wedding at Cana?
The host of the wedding served the best of wines, but his supply ran out half way through the event. How embarrassing.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, ran to him like any good mom and asked him to do something about it.
Jesus asked the servants to fill the jars with water and then pour for the master of the party.
Why did he ask for water?
Can you imagine how amazed those servants were when the the water turned into wine–108-190 gallons of the most excellent wine ever tasted—much more than was needed.
That’s Jesus for you.
And so, the phrase “the best to be” is not a death bed wish, but deep assurance that Jesus always shows up and shows off in the midst of crises and suffering, giving us more than we could ever imagine.
I want to be like the lady who knew she didn’t need glitz and glamour–she had Jesus. He is the best and she had His presence now and for all eternity.