â€œBut why Danielâ€? This question hasÂ been asked over and over. Why did heÂ have to leave us so soon? He was so young;Â just a week shy of his 18th birthday.Â The canoe and camping trip was a go.Â His occupation was planned. His futureÂ was as bright as his smile. This summerÂ morning was to be like any other; shower,Â breakfast and off to work at the nearbyÂ store. And it was Friday!
A Christian conference with friendsÂ was part of the weekend, except theÂ weekend didnâ€™t arrive for Daniel. He tookÂ his final step Friday morning! Little didÂ he realize as he stepped from the showerÂ that it would be a fatal step. Few knowÂ when their last step will be taken. David,Â a king from the Bible, knew that there wasÂ just a step between him and death at anyÂ given moment. While unplanned and notÂ invited, this final step awaits each one ofÂ us. For Daniel, it was a simple step fromÂ the shower onto a bee. Routine yet final!
The paramedics were professional.Â The helicopter was fast and efficient. TheÂ doctors and staff at the trauma centre didÂ their best, but by Saturday Daniel wasÂ gone! Plans were forever shelved. GriefÂ filled the family and shock permeatedÂ the community. Disbelief like a darkÂ thundercloud engulfed his circle of lovedÂ ones. Yet it was true. Life succumbed toÂ death. The days and years of time wouldÂ now be called Eternity. Earth was tradedÂ for Heaven! Talk about a change; aÂ contrast.
Maybe you have wondered whatÂ really does happen when death knocks.Â The Bible teaches that we are allÂ travelling towards one of two destiniesÂ (Matthew 7:13-14). And yes, HeavenÂ is one of them. We are made with aÂ body, a soul and a spirit. The bodyÂ is like a car. The soul and spirit withÂ emotions and personality are like aÂ passenger in the car. Life is like a big,Â long trip or in Danielâ€™s case a short, fastÂ one. When death is reached the bodyÂ comes to a stop. It is like parking theÂ car. The occupant opens the door andÂ leaves. But to where? The Bible tellsÂ about what happens to every believerÂ in the Lord Jesus Christ when theirÂ life on Earth stops, â€œabsent from theÂ body and to be present with the Lordâ€Â (2 Corinthians 5:8). In other words,Â the real person leaves the body and isÂ instantly with Jesus in Heaven. ThatÂ is the huge step that Daniel took whenÂ his life ended. In fact, he will be withÂ the Lord forever. When you take yourÂ â€œforeverâ€ step, where will you be?
Every person needs a faith stepÂ before they die. Jesus invites us, â€œComeÂ to meâ€ (Matthew 11:28). He invitesÂ everyone who is tired and weary to findÂ rest in Him. Every person carrying aÂ heavy load is invited to lay it at HisÂ feet. Every broken heart can find relief.Â Every sin can be forgiven. Daniel tookÂ his faith step in his early teens. What aÂ blessing that he did. Will you come toÂ the Saviour today?
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