For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then, we who are alive and remain 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. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
I used to love spending the night at my Granny and Papa’s house when I was a kid. I remember watching The Dukes of Hazzard on Friday night. Then, I’d wake up super early on Saturday and watch Snorkels, Smurfs, and WCW. Every once in a while though, I remember being super disappointed. I’d wake up and golf was being televised. It wasn’t always golf. Sometimes, it might be tennis, or even the Olympics. Either way, I thought it stunk because I’d have to watch the other networks’ inferior cartoons.
I never really considered all of this until I got up early this past Saturday and watched some of the Ryder Cup. It struck me how I look forward to this event every two years. It struck me even more how you can only watch it early every 4 years because it is overseas. These kind of major sporting events don’t really happen all that frequently. As a kid, these events would always catch me completely unaware. I could have taken the time to read the TV Guide and it would have told me, but I just assumed my favorite shows would always be on.
What does that have to do with anything? I’m glad you asked! One day, our regularly scheduled life will be interrupted. Like my younger self with the TV Guide, people don’t really take the time to read the Bible so we can be aware of events that God has preordained. The verses I’ve used today say that one day the graves of people who loved God will just split open and they will rise to meet Him in the air. It also says that there is a generation who will be alive at the time the trumpet sounds. These people will never experience death, but will simply rise to be with the Lord forever and ever.
How many people will be like me with my cartoons? Completely unaware that more important stuff is taking place. Here we are on Earth thinking that life is just a regularly scheduled program that we experience day after day. One day, we will draw our last breath. One day the trumpet will sound.
Are you aware?
Are you ready?