I have always been fascinated with a cuckoo clock. (No wise cracks, please!) When I was a child, one of my aunts had a cuckoo clock, and she would push the minute hand ahead so we could see the little bird come out and sing! Now we are the owners of a cuckoo clock, which is a story in itself!
We inherited the clock which had hung silent in my husband’s great uncle’s house for many years. We brought it home, but it didn’t run; so I called the clock store to see how much it would cost to get it cleaned and oiled – it was NOT in the budget! Sooo, I took off the back, blew in it and choked, and then sprayed it with my friend WD40! Voila! It started ticking and has run ever since. There have been comical stories as to its fits of silence. I have prayed over the clock and worked on it, ignored it and pampered it. It still sings sweetly in our living room.
It’s fascinating to me to see kids watching the clock. As I taught a lesson this morning, the next student would glance at it. Then she would watch it for a while, hoping to see the little fellow; but she would then get distracted into looking at something else. This happened several times; when the first note of the little birdie sang, I saw her head snap in his direction, satisfied to have caught the little critter in action!
How are you doing at watching for our dear Lord’s return? I must confess that my mind has been much on this topic lately because my next book is called A Moment in Time and will be centered around the life of a pastor’s daughter when the Rapture occurs.
In my studies, I have found that many churches do not teach about the Rapture. I was so surprised, although I shouldn’t have been. The church I grew up in does not teach about the topic; however, for the past thirty years, it has been a steady albeit small portion of my Bible study diet. As with Twelve Smooth Stones’ Holocaust setting, I would never have chosen the topic; although the more I read those special passages in the Bible, the more I look to the skies!
We have so many blessings poured upon us from our heavenly Father as born-again believers – the Rapture is just one of them. Isn’t it just like Him to bring us home before He turns His wrath against those that refuse Him?
We sing “What If It Were Today,” but do we really live as though it could be this day that we see our Savior face to face? And then the question MUST be asked, is He my Savior? Have I fulfilled His requirements for salvation? Someone once said that there are only two churches in this world: one says, “DO” while the other says, “DONE!”
God’s requirements are not a “to do” list – He only requires one thing, the greatest thing to Him: a personal acceptance of Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice – I must only believe and receive. I believe that:
- I am a sinner, and my sin must be punished
- Jesus paid the debt of my sins on the cross – He took my punishment
- He WILL save me IF I ask Him to! “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
I receive the gift of salvation completely free, but paid with the priceless blood of God’s only begotten Son!
Ready – Set – Go! That makes us ready. As a Christian, I keep walking close to my Savior, and that makes me set; and When He calls – I go! Hallelujah, What a Savior! Live in the light of eternity – it may be today!
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Cor 15:52