The Road or If I Had My Druthers
Let me tell you a story about a man named James Terrence John Molloy. J. T., as everyone knew him, was a traveling evangelist, and he had a wish.
When the time came for the Lord to call him home, he had a “druther.”
He wanted to be traveling on a road, going up to the crest of a hill and die at the top. J. T. said he would keep on going up the hill and on into heaven.
And he did. He lived a long life, preached the gospel, started churches, had children and grandchildren, and raised Poland China pigs.
One day on the way to visit his son, he died instantly of a heart attack
. . . in his car
. . . on a hill.
The car was still running when they found him.
J.R.R. Tolkien wrote of the journey of life in the Walking Song
the road goes ever on and on
I think about heaven as I travel dirt and gravel country roads, about following a road that begins in one world and ends in another.
The path of life leads upward . . .
Proverbs 15:24. NIV
This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
Jeremiah 6:16. NIV
In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality
That story about J.T., how do I know it’s true? He is my husband’s great-grandfather, and if I had my druthers, I’d keep going up the hill to heaven, too.
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Posted on October 24, 2014, in Devotional and tagged road. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.
Connie, I’m glad you are starting to share some of the family stories. This one is so sweet and precious!
It’s such a great story! Thanks, Marlene.
What a beautiful collage of story, quotes, and photos…God is gracious to grant J.T.’s “druther”. Thanks for brightening my inbox today!
So happy to be sharing some light to brighten your day. Thanks, Lynn.
So beautiful, Connie! I love the intermix of B&W photos, Scripture verse, and your thoughts in written word. Thank you!
I’m grateful for your kind words, Heather! I’m glad I remembered J.T.’s story and could share it with everyone.
My heart just warms at this story – what a legacy, what a faith. Billy Graham says, “If you want to change someone’s life, tell a story” – and seems like this man is still changing people’s lives with his faith!
I think J.T. would be so pleased to know he is is still preaching and drawing souls closer to the Lord.
What a great story, and the perfect way to go! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Brew!
Thank you, Barbie, for providing the opportunity. I’d almost forgotten about this story, but I’m glad to share it with my readers.
WOW! This really impressed me. I’m a history person and an attitude of heading to heaven person, and knowing that will occur when my God-job is finished, even though I don’t know it ahead of time and my family wouldn’t, either. But the next phase, when IN heaven, means that the job will continue eternally, but MUCH more easily. Sharing with the Lord either place is all that counts. Bless you and thank you.
I’m glad J.T.’s story has ministered to you. To live is Christ; to die is gain. Thank you for visiting and commenting.