Words of Encouragement

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sunsetsApril the Giraffe has us glued to our computer monitors.  People from all over the world are watching this giraffe that is ready to give birth.  T-shirts are being sold, forums for discussion have been formed, and Facebook groups made so that people can be notified when she goes into labour.  Day after day people tune in to this giraffe that is basically just walking around her pen.  She eats, she sleeps, she lies down, and she gets back up.  I think April is the most celebrated giraffe on earth. Occasionally we get the thrill of watching the keeper come in and shovel out some manure … and we wait.

I think the reason that people are so enthralled with April is that it is good news.  It is news that distracts us from the usual coverage on politics, plunging economies, and war.  It is news that is neutral and not the often depressing deluge that is on our screens.  April brings people from every walk of life to watch something that does not make you feel hopeless.  I go about my usual business during the day, whether it is a day at the office or a day at home.  When I am home, I check in twice a day to see if there is any change or progress.  At this moment, there are 141,715 people watching, waiting, scrutinizing her, and hoping for signs of this new birth and new life.  We wait.

There is another event that is worthy of our watchfulness.  It is one we have been told about many times and have been advised to watch for it.

1 Thessalonians 4 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

This is good news for believers – not good news for those who are not.  It is not too late.  Yet.

I admit that I have become complacent in watching for Christ’s return. I go about my usual day not thinking about it at all.  I am not on any media or forums discussing the signs of the times and what we could do to prepare.  There are no Facebook groups that notify everyone when this big event starts to happen.  I do not go check the sky twice a day for signs.  However the signs are there more than ever in late years.

So how do we wait?

We stay in close contact with our Keeper, the One who feeds us, and cares for us, and loves us.

Occasionally we need Him to come in and shovel a little manure out of our life.

We read the Bible which are His words, the life manual that helps us in every possible situation that we could ever encounter.  It helps keep us watchful and tuned in.

We talk to Him as much as possible.  He is always there listening, helping, advising, loving.

So I continue to wait for April to give birth.  Maybe today will be the day, or maybe not.  However it WILL happen, even if I am not watching.  It will take place even if I am at work, or sleeping, or not tuned in.  It is inevitable that her time will come and this birth will take place.

We should live each day as if this may be the day that Christ will return.  Think about that.  It WILL happen even if we are not watching.  It WILL take place even if we are at work, or sleeping, or not tuned it.   What if today is the day?  Would you do anything differently?  How do you wait?

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