Billy Graham Knows Life's Destiny

Robert Strand

In January of 2000, leaders in Charlotte, North Carolina, invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in his honor. Billy hesitated to accept because he was struggling with "Parkinson's" disease. But the Charlotte leaders said, "We don't expect a major address. Just come and let us honor you." So, he agreed.

trainyellowAfter wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham stepped to the rostrum and said: "I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this month has been honored by TIME magazine as the 'Man of the Century.' Einstein was once traveling from Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the aisle, punching tickets of each passenger. When he came to Einstein, Einstein searched everywhere, he couldn't find his. The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I'm sure you bought a ticket. Don't worry about it.'

"Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued down the aisle. As he was ready to move to the next car, he turned and saw him down on his hands and knees looking under his seat. The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein, don't worry. I know who you are and I'm sure you bought a ticket.' Einstein looked at him and said, 'Young man, I too, know who I am. WHAT I DON'T KNOW IS WHERE I'M GOING!'"

Having said that, Billy Graham continued, "See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. I went out and bought a new suit this for this luncheon and one more occasion. This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But when you hear I'm dead, I don't want you to remember the suit. I want you to remember this: I NOT ONLY KNOW WHO I AM...I ALSO KNOW WHERE I'M GOING!"

Do you know where you are going?

Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life!" (John 14:6).