I love this story of two 90-year-old women, Rosie and Barbie, who had been friends their entire lives. When it was clear that Rosie was dying, Barbie visited her every day. One day, Barbie said, “Rosie, we both loved playing softball all of our lives, and we played all through high school. Please do me one favor. When you go to Heaven, somehow you must let me know if there is women’s softball there.”
Rosie looked up at Barbie from her death bed and said, “Barbie, you’ve been my best friend for many years. If it’s at all possible, I’ll do this favor for you.” Shortly after that, Rosie died. At midnight the following Friday, Barbie was awakened from a sound sleep by a blinding flash of white light and a voice calling out to her, “Barbie, Barbie!”
“Who is it?” asked Barbie, sitting up suddenly in her bed. “Barbie, it’s me….Rosie.” “You can’t be Rosie. Rosie died.” Again the voice insistently repeated, “I’m telling you it is me, Rosie.” Barbie then shouted out, “Where are you Rosie?” She replied, “I’m in Heaven and I have some really good news and some bad news too.”
“Well, tell me the good news first.” Rosie said, “The good news is there is softball in Heaven and all our old buddies who died before us are here. Not only that, we are all young again! We can play softball all we want and never get tired!” Barbie said, “That’s fantastic. That is beyond my wildest dreams. So what is the bad news? Rosie replied, “You’re pitching Tuesday.”
This brings us a reminder that life is short and we never know when it will be our time for leaving this world. Someday we will all be gone and where you will be will depend on what we did here in this life to take care of eternity.
Where we spend eternity is not based on our good works, but on the belief of the Lord Jesus Christ who died on the cross and was raised from the dead on the 3rd day, and it was by His shed blood that paid for our sin debt.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Eph 2:8-9)
Like both Rosie and Barbie in our story today, they along with their friends had taken care of their eternity destination.