For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return
will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.
And there will be no escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4
When my father died, I was supposed to be a pallbearer. We forgot we were in the Eastern time zone, which was an hour later than our time. I called the funeral home and told them we were on the way. “We can’t wait for you,” the man said.
We drove to the cemetery, but got lost. As we pulled into the main gate, the limousine was pulling out. My grandmother rolled down the window and said, “You’re too late, it’s over.”
Gina and I found the grave on a hill. Fresh dug dirt. Uncovered coffin in the hole. I fell on my face and sobbed, “Dad, they didn’t even let me say goodbye.” Flowers surrounded the grave. Someone had placed a photo on a stand of a clock that showed two minutes till midnight.
Very few people are able to schedule their moment of death. No one knows when the Lord is returning. Perhaps it’s easy to think the Lord isn’t returning because it doesn’t feel real. But if he’s not coming back, the Bible isn’t true.
Like a pregnant woman going into labor, the Lord will return suddenly. Some are expecting him, others are living in denial. For those living in his favor, the moment will be sweet. For many who ignore their soul’s need for God, they will experience the greatest tragedy the world has ever known. Not even kings or presidents will escape.
The world is full of false versions of God. It’s worth the inner battle to find the real God and cling hard to him, like a little child clinging to his mother.