“Some glad morning when this life is over. I’ll fly away. To that home on God’s celestial shore. I’ll fly away.” – Lyrics to I’ll Fly Away.
The words penned by Albert E. Brumley while picking cotton on a hot Oklahoma day is now a familiar gospel song loved by many. The tune is really catchy and nostalgic and evokes memories in all of us, some happy some of them not as happy. Some of those not so happy moments is when I’ll Fly Away is sung at funerals.
“Some glad morning when this life is over:” If you thought about it, you would probably wonder why Albert Brumley used the word ‘glad’ when referring to this earthly life being over? Can we find a sense of gladness even when a young life is abruptly cut short. It would be difficult to find a better word to describe when we meet Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, in person. And we can only do that when the final chapter in this novel called life has been written. That will be some “glad” morning. When we close our eyes on this side and open them in the presence of our Savior. Yes, that will be a glad morning.
“When the shadows of this life have gone:” Everything we read and understand about the Old Testament was simply a precursor to the New Testament. Everything that happened in the Old Testament pointed to the way for the coming of the Savior, Jesus Christ. And just as the Old Testament was a foreshadow of things yet to come the life we know on earth is but a foreshadow of the life of eternity that is also yet to come. We should look forward to eternity spent with God.
“Just a few more days and then.” Sometimes those few days can seem more like a few decades. Life can be difficult. The longer we live the more weary days we will have. The psalmist says, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away.” (Psalm 90:10) Our life expectancy goes from eighty to infinity with the coming of Christ, whom the Bible calls “the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2)
“When I die, hallelujah by and by, I’ll ll fly away. “ We will be reminded that death is not a finality. We will have the joy of winning the race. The joy of going home. The joy of being with God for all eternity.
- What do you like best about the song I”ll Fly Away? Which parts of the song do you especially identify with? Why?