Early one dreary fall morning I sat, as usual, on our sundeck enjoying a hot cup of “Michigan Cherry” coffee and doing my devotional reading. The day before had been rainy and cloudy but at this particular moment the dark puffs of clouds were moving swiftly to the south, past the tree tops and out of sight. I could see pieces of blue sky starting to appear and a circle of light becoming brighter and brighter. The momentary sight was beautiful. Grayish blue blotches fading into wavy puffs of white with a backset of bright blue sky. It was just one of those scenes where our heavenly Father took His paintbrush and illustrated with aesthetic hues a striking portrait of His splendor for all creation to see. The ominous clouds continued to glide quickly by, the bright circle of light soon became white and I thought to myself while gazing on that artistic panorama, “It’s going to be a beautiful day – here comes the sun!”
Then my thoughts went to I Thessalonians 4:14-18 when one day we will not say, “Here comes the sun,” but rather “Here comes the SON!”
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.
And then my thoughts rushed to the words of the old hymn, “What if it Were Today?” and I had to genuinely ask myself, “Am I really ready if He should come today?”
Jesus is coming to earth again; what if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign; what if it were today?
Coming to claim His chosen bride, all the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide; what if it were today?
Satan’s dominion will then be o’er, O that it
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more, O that it
Then shall the dead in Christ arise, caught up to meet Him in the skies,
When shall these glories meet our eyes? What if it were today?
Faithful and true would He find us here if He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear, if He should come today?
Signs of His coming multiply; morning light breaks in
Watch, for the
Glory, glory! Joy to my heart ’twill bring.
Glory, glory! When we shall crown Him king.
Glory, glory! Haste to prepare the way;
Glory, glory! Jesus will come someday.
What a soul-searching question! We get so engaged with the mundane happenings of everyday life that I must confess, I do not ponder enough about the possibility that it might be today! We certainly should, for I John 3:2-3 says that it is this hope that challenges us to purify ourselves: Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Just as some days the sun is sheltered by ominous clouds, by and by it breaks through and again the blue skies return. So one of these days from the clouds the SON will erupt with epic splendor, and never again will the clouds overshadow the day. Let’s keep looking up, for without a doubt, the SON is coming!
Lamb of God, Thy faithful promise says,
Behold, I quickly come,” and our hearts,
To Thine responsive, Cry,
“Come, Lord and take us home.”
Oh, the rapture that awaits us
When we meet Thee in the air,
And with Thee ascend in triumph
All Thy deepest joys to share!