After bringing the little ones to the zoo today, we all took a nap. We were awakened by a crazy storm that dumped hail and sheets of rain while lighting up the sky with lightning and booming thunder. Within a few minutes, the sidewalk surrounding my apartment became a small stream a few inches deep. In the midst of it all, I put raincoats on the toddlers and pushed them in a stroller to the car so we could pick Logan up from school. How quickly the world changed completely!
The storm reminds me of the very first rain storm, which was when Noah had finished building an ark and had loaded two of every creature on board. Everything changed as it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, killing every living, breathing thing that wasn’t on the ark. A similar event is due to come someday, when the rapture occurs. Believers will go up and things on earth will get very volatile after that.
Ultimately, the earth’s purposes will be finished and all of humanity will either go to heaven or hell. And this very thing is what our existence on earth is about. It’s so easy to forget that, what with the world offering so many engaging distractions.
What would happen if we lived every day with a stark awareness that an eternal tempest of judgment is coming upon everyone who rejects Jesus Christ? I don’t know about you, but I believe it would help to nudge me out of my complacency and find creative new ways to share the Good News that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. And we can pass from this tumultuous journey called life into a place of eternal peace and joy. There, we’ll probably never have to slog around in soggy shoes.
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.” Luke 17:26