I once read how, in the spring of 1981, Carl McCunn, a young wildlife photographer was flown into desolate northern Alaska (USA) to photograph the natural beauty and mysteries of the tundra. He took along 500 rolls of film, several firearms, and 1,400 pounds of provisions.
As the months passed, the words in his diary changed from wonder and fascination into a nightmare. In August he wrote, "I think I should have used more foresight about arranging my departure. I'll soon find out."
In November, sensing the hopelessness of his situation, he shot himself and died in a nameless valley, by a nameless lake, 225 miles northeast of Fairbanks. An investigation revealed that though he had carefully planned his trip, he had made no provision to be flown out.
Difficult to imagine, isn't it? How could anyone be so foolish? He made every provision for his journey except how to get home! Unbelievable!
"How tragic," we say. And yet, how many people make every provision for life here on earth but no preparation for their departure? God has warned us that there is life after death ... after which is God's judgment.
Heb 9:27 (GNB): "Everyone must die once, and after that be judged by God."
"Take your stand on the Rock of Ages. Let death, let the judgment come: the victory is Christ's and yours through Him." - D.L. Moody.