Many years ago I came across one of the most unique stores I have ever seen. But soÂ was the owner â€” Brook High. Old Brook had no cash register, just two large rolls ofÂ money in his pocket, and under the counter a colt 45 caliber automatic, just in caseÂ anyone got the idea that he could rob the place.
Brookâ€™s store was an old, unpainted,Â wooden framed building. Walking insideÂ the store was like walking back in time.Â A pot-bellied stove dominated the scene.Â Benches surrounded it, on which fellowsÂ from the area would come to sit and â€˜chewÂ the fat.â€™ When someone wanted to purchaseÂ an item, Brook would reach for it on theÂ shelf, blow off the dust and plunk it on theÂ counter to make the sale.
The first remarkable thing that struckÂ me about Brookâ€™s unique store was a lopsidedÂ old sign nailed to the broken down,Â dusty front porch. It read, â€œAt the end ofÂ the road â€“ you meet God.â€ I thought toÂ myself, how true! Iâ€™m nearing the endÂ myself and it certainly didnâ€™t take long toÂ get there. â€œFor what is your life? It is even aÂ vapour, that appeareth for a little time, andÂ then vanisheth awayâ€ (James 4:14).
An Unexpected End
One doesnâ€™t have to be old to reach the endÂ of the road. When fog suddenly descendedÂ on a super highway resulting in theÂ destruction of 62 vehicles, the screams of aÂ burning girl were heart-breaking, â€œIâ€™m onlyÂ fourteen! Iâ€™m only fourteen!â€ For her it wasÂ the end of the road.
When folks contemplate a vacationâ€”Â they prepare. When wise students face aÂ testâ€”they prepare. Before a country goesÂ to warâ€”it prepares. We live in a world ofÂ preparedness, yet so few have prepared toÂ meet God. Godâ€™s Word says, â€œPrepare toÂ meet thy Godâ€ (Amos 4:12). An unpreparedÂ person is one who has never received Godâ€™sÂ forgiveness for their sin, and â€œIt is a fearfulÂ thing to fall into the hands of the livingÂ Godâ€ (Hebrews 10:31).
My Greatest Discovery
Some time ago I discovered that the LordÂ Jesus Christ died for me and was broughtÂ to life again so I could be declared freeÂ from guilt and acceptable to God (RomansÂ 4:25). I received Him as my Lord andÂ Saviour and was thus made ready to meetÂ God. Godâ€™s plan is the same for you. â€œGodÂ sent not His Son into the world to condemnÂ the world; but that the world through HimÂ might be savedâ€ (John 3:17). Now is theÂ time to prepare.
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