Twinkie Lamentations

We would all be surprised at what we take for granted. Most days we wakeup assuming certain things about the world. For example, I go to bed every night making the assumption that my eyes will open the next morning. I make the assumption that my bank is trustworthy and will not lose my money. I make the assumption that when I turn the key in my car, it will start.

Last week Jenn and I made an assumption when we went to the grocery store. Oddly I enough when we run marathons, we gain weight. This past week’s marathon was no different. When we went to the store we walked past our Kryptonite aisle. It is the aisle which contains all the goodies Jenn have grown up eating, but pack pounds on our bodies. It was the hostess aisle. As we walked past the aisle, Jenn and I both agreed that though they would be tasty, a box of Twinkies would not be beneficial in losing weight. We made a grand assumption. We delayed our gratification in a moist cream filled cake assuming that it would be waiting for us when we got our bodies under control. We were wrong.

This past week, what seemed like a staple went out of business. This past week, hostess, a company that thrived through the Great Depression died. Jenn and I rushed to the store to go and buy a box, a pack of Twinkies, just to have one last taste of our iconic favorite. Sadly, we were too late, the hostess aisle of Walmart looked like a nuclear wasteland. All that remained for us was a single box of HoHos, the sad less liked sister of the Twinkie.

Often in life we come making false assumptions far overestimating the security of life. I made the grand assumption that Twinkies were immortal. I made the assumption that there would never be the day when they were vacant in a super market. The truth of the matter is this, no business of immortal. There is no business that will last forever. Every business has a start day and every business will have a closing day.

In life, I think we make the Twinkie assumption about ourselves. We go to bed at night closing our eyes believing that we will see tomorrow. We as humans all have birthdays and we as humans will all die. The assumption of immortality on our part is a silly notion. Now I know we are all aware of our coming death, but for most of us, death seems like a distant event that we will get to much later.

Here is the truth, death is much closer than we think and we must be prepared for it today. What do I mean by prepared? There is only one thing in our lives that really matters after our death. In the grand scheme of life it won’t matter how many Facebook friends I have, how much I had in the bank or how far along I got in my career. What matters in eternity is whether I trusted in Jesus Christ.

Tonight I am going to bed secure. I am not secure that there will be a tomorrow. I am not assuming that I will wake up. I am sure though, that no matter what life brings, I have the security that my hope will be in heaven and in Jesus Christ.

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