September 13, 2020
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. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
We stood in the crowded armory, waiting with wild anticipation for the return of the soldiers from the east. They had been gone for over eight months, and we had missed our boy, grown now into a man, who was called to defend his people and country very far from home.
It had been so hard to let him go, even though he had been excited and looking forward to the “adventure” of seeing a land he had never seen before. The reunion far exceeded our expectations.
When those busloads of loved ones were deposited at the door of that huge room, and the men and women walked inside, the emotions were almost more than one could bear. Some were young fathers who were seeing their little babies for the first time, others were reunited with young children who had forgotten what their father or mother looked like! There were shouts of joy and tears of love and affection that overwhelmed us all. What a reunion it was. Hugs and kisses abounded.
Try to comprehend the delight as the Savior himself takes each of us by the hand and welcomes us into His presence. Doesn’t it make you wonder what it will be like when Christians are reunited at the Rapture and Marriage Supper? Can we imagine the relief to know that the battle is over? We have made it! What joy there will be! Shouts of victory will abound, and warm and loving arms will reach out to greet one another. What rejoicing there will be over seeing loved ones whose names were on our prayer lists.
God is preparing for and anticipating our arrival! Keep looking up. He is coming soon.
Dear Lord, Oh, how I praise you and look forward to the day you call me Home! Until then, help me to be faithful in prayer and in my Christian walk so that others might also meet You in the air. Amen.