Thursday, September 29, 2011

Delivery Summer - Dinner #26

     Wow!  We're officially into our 9th month of pregnancy!  It's coming up on "Week 37" now, and our baby girl is ready to arrive when she wants to.  With this being my first labor and delivery experience, I find myself frequently wondering when and how everything will take place.  Will I begin to have contractions first, or will my water break?  Will Brandon be home from work?  Will I have to drive myself to the hospital?  I really, REALLY don't want to have any "false alarms". 
     An elderly man in our country just recently predicted the rapture day and found IT to be only a "false alarm".  From the Scriptures, we see that we will NOT be able to accurately predict Christ's coming, but He IS, in truth, returning!  I Thessalonians 5:2 "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night."  The truth of the matter is, that, though we do not and CANNOT know the day or the hour it will take place, when He comes, those whose are saved WILL be going Home!  I Thessalonians 4:14, 16-18 declares, "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him . . . For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words."

     Though both scary and exciting, the birth of a baby is a much ANTICIPATED event.  Do we really and truly ANTICIPATE Christ's return?  Is it something we often have on our minds?  Or do we get so caught up in our daily lives that we forget all about it?  When you are huge, and hot, and very much pregnant, it is difficult to think of anything else BUT having your baby!  As Christians, are we just too comfortable in the world?  So comfortable that we're not quite ready to leave it for the glories of Heaven?  Believe me - A lady in her 9th month of pregnancy is NOT so comfortable that she wishes to always remain in that state! SMILE!  She knows in her heart that her time WILL come, and though a bit nervous, she WANTS it to come soon!  Do we want to hear the trumpet sound soon?
     An expectant mommy can't wait to see her newborn's face and to hold her little baby close.  She thinks about it during the day, and dreams about it during the night.  Do we look forward to seeing our Savior's face?  Do we really desire to view Heaven's shore?  Revelation 21:4 and 22:5 describe Heaven for us as such a remarkable place.  "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away . . . And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever."
     Just as only the Lord knows when our Brooklyn Elizabeth will arrive, only the Lord knows when His Son will return to earth for His children.  It is interesting to me, that even the Bible compares the last days of the world to that unknown time when a woman goes into labor.  I Thessalonians 5:3 "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape."  Christ's coming is not a joyous event for those who are unbelievers.  It is something scary and frightening, that takes them by surprise.  If Jesus were to return today, would you be ready?  Acts 16:31 tells us, " . . . Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved . . ."  Not "maybe", but "SHALL" be saved!  You don't have to be afraid of Christ's return!  You CAN know for certain that you will go to Heaven!  But if you are ALREADY a saved believer in Christ, are you truly ANTICIPATING His return?  Just something to think about . . . Have a great week!  And God bless!

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