by BJ Robinson
1 Thessalonians 16-18: . . . 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. . . .”
…the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. Peter 3-7
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. 2 Peter 3-10
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth; the home of righteousness. 2 Peter 3-13
Hurricane season brings back memories from 2004. Hurricanes hurled one after the other. I lost my youngest sister during that stormy season. Hurricane Charley allowed me to see her one last time before she died when we evacuated. This is the year that 1 Thessalonians 16-18 became a favorite Bible verse for me because it helped me deal with her loss. Since that time, I’ve used that scripture in much of my writing since I want others to know that they can be comforted by those words and see their loved ones again.
When Lisa died, the heavens raged. Storm clouds covered the land and hurricanes raged in from the sea. That year, twelve blustery hurricanes battered America’s shores. The last, a storm named Lisa, tiny and non-threatening like her, eventually faded out over land. On September 13, a summons came for Lisa, my sister. Sent on a mission, angels ferried another angel home. Because of Christ, even in death, there’s hope.
Over a decade ago, our thoughts were merely on surviving those hurricanes, and mine were on losing Lisa. During those years, the world I knew has eroded. As God’s Word warns there will be signs, those signposts are blaring in our faces if we open our eyes and take off the blinders. Flooding, fires, and earthquakes are becoming more frequent and worse. Even more alarming, good is called evil, and evil is called good, just as His Word warns. If you haven’t read, digested, and thought on the Word lately, I would encourage you to do so. The Bible is life’s instruction manual.
When Christ calls, “Come up here,” will you hear His call? It will be time for that scripture I have clung to for over a decade to come to life.
Sweet Jesus, I pray that people will hear your call and be ready, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.
Bio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing, family, and pets. She’s authored over twenty books, available for the Amazon Kindle. BJ writes inspirational and romantic suspense and loves writing in various genres to provide choice for her readers. You will also find inspirational, contemporary, short stories, and novellas available as well as Christmas titles. Check out her Amazon Author page for a larger selection. http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1449417151&sr=1-2-ent