Last night after work I popped the top on an ice cold Miller Lite and was about to light the grill for steaks when my phone rang. It was my daughter, Keely. I had to take it, right? Well, she had a flat tire and was sitting on the side of 485 in rush hour traffic.
Of all times that I wish the call had been from an unknown caller. I quickly scanned through my options. I had at least 3.
- Call AAA. But it’s Friday night rush hour traffic. She could wait for 2 hours (did I mention that my ribeyes had been dry brining in cherry smoked sea salt for the last 18 hours?). No, can’t do that to her.
- Have her change it and throw on the spare. A few problems with that one – as a bad father I never taught her this life skill; 485 rush hour traffic; and Keely didn’t think she had a spare (geez, I’m a terrible father).
- Damnit! I set the beer down and off I go.
I wasn’t upset with Keely. It’s a flat tire. Life happens. But did I welcome the interruption? Nah.
One day soon the world is going to face a much more devastating interruption.
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.”
Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:52 that this event would happen in the “twinkling of an eye” which is about a billionth of a second.
That’s pretty fast, but since I’m ready and planning for it, it’s not going to be an interruption for me. It’s my “blessed hope”. Titus 2:13.
But for those who haven’t accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, this will be a shocking, confusing, and horrific event. Their loved ones will suddenly and mysteriously vanish, although it’s really no mystery at all. The rapture has been foretold in black, white and red for thousands of years. People just choose to ignore it.
But what will not be ignored is the coming wrath of the Lord for those left behind. Don’t be interrupted by the sudden reappearing of Jesus. Accept Him today and make plans to meet Him in the sky.
Today could be the day.