Last night the weather prognosticators and this morning across the task bar of my computer it is warning me, rain is coming. According to the weather predictors, that rain is going to be heavy at times. It will be bringing with it the potential for flash flooding in some areas. Currently though, the sky is only slightly overcast and the day appears glorious. I should be outside taking advantage of the time, but here I sit.
Yesterday while my son hauled off our garbage, I began raking the main portion of my front yard. Partially because it is in serious need of raking and partly because I needed the leaves out of the way to work on the fence. Currently I have a rather large pile of leaves taking up a rather large section of my yard. I didn’t get it drug around back because my son and I went to the handy dandy home and garden center to see about fence posts to give extra strength to the fence. Every time a cat strolls across my parent’s yard my dogs jump on the fence as they proceed to bark insanely. This is taking a toll on the fence due to a lack of support.
My son talked me into those metal fence posts. He said he would pay for those so, okay. Now we have to get them in position. They aren’t doing any good tossed out on the ground.
All of this has me thinking about life and eternity.
As a Christian I believe and have faith in that belief, that Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Son of God, will return. He was here to set events into motion. He returned to Heaven and is waiting the time of His return. He is waiting for God the Father to tell Him, “It is time”.
He..is coming. And we should be preparing for that return. We prepare for storms. We prepare for those moments when we are concerned over electricity going out, or roads being impassable, or any other event that will cause problems and be an inconvenience. Mostly minor, temporary events.
We try to prepare for those events that are more major. As in the pandemic. Whether we believe everything we were told about it, or feel that it was a man made event that was created to disrupt life, it was an event that over the course of time changed everything. Life as we once knew it was upended as jobs were lost, lives were lost, we were sent into social isolation. The effects on people, especially our children will linger for a long while.
We try to prepare for the more devastating. Fires that destroy everything. Hurricanes, tornadoes, these are bad, but material things can be replaced. Some try to prepare for possible war, or face ongoing wars. While some flea, others may not be able and must face what comes. How does one prepare for bombs dropping, gunfire outside your windows, or the sounds of tanks rolling down your streets?
But we can prepare for the return of Christ. We can accept the gift of forgiveness, the gifts of mercy and grace He so freely offers. He paid the price for all. He offers it to all, we simply have to reach out and accept that gift. It is important though, that we share what we have been given. Not in a bullying, forceful manner. Not by standing on street corners shouting. But through studying the Word, by gathering with other Believers to gain strength, by living what you learn. By sharing compassion. By sharing peace. By sharing love. Not judgement. Not condemnation. Not hatred. Love.
By being ever watchful, ever ready. The rain is coming, and so is Jesus. The weather predictors can say that the rain is approaching and we may see rain around this or that time. The Bible tells us that there will be signs, those however do not give a time or day, just a warning that time is approaching, be ready. Help others to be ready as well.