July 1, 2018
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? – Matthew 16:3
Three weeks ago, our neighbors started tearing old shingles from their roof because it had to be replaced. Except for a few very light sprinkles, it had not rained through the months of July and August. Now it was early September, so there was a greater chance that rain would come.
We watched the progress of the new roof, which only halted one weekend for a family reunion. It had seemed the family was doing much of the work themselves, but then we noticed new shingles stacked up on the roof and a professional roofing crew on the job. Even so, it seemed the project was going slowly, but at least the sun was still shining every day.
Then the weather report predicted rain, and there were heavy clouds in the sky. The roof was partly shingled with blue tarps over the rest. As my husband and I walked one morning, we passed the house again and worried aloud as to whether the rest of the roof would be on before the dark clouds above actually dropped some moisture. Soon we could tell that our neighbors were also realizing they were at risk of showers falling inside the living room and bedroom, which were yet uncovered. It was time for haste!
The roof was finished just ahead of a good downpour. When the rain came, our neighbors were ready.
We know the Lord is coming back; all the signs point to it. The “clouds” are heavy and lowering. Jesus said, “When you see these signs, look up for
your redemption draweth nigh.” We need to look around at what is happening. Consider the events transpiring in