Saving the Best for Last

This is another "rerun" - if you will.  How interesting I found it today - which is the 4th of July.  What a fitting reminder.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

I sit alone in the darkened kitchen. We are celebrating the Fourth of July. Most everyone is outside readying for the fireworks.  I  … well, I sit inside watching from a second story window.  

I can’t get outside to join the others.  So – here I am alone waiting for the display to start.

I think of gatherings in years gone by.  Days when I could be outside, watching the flickering lights as the flood the sky: Shimmering lights soar into the sky, brightening it for a brief moment. Somehow, it accentuates the darkness around me.

I begin to wish for days gone by.

The children let out cries of delight.  I can hear them through the closed window.

I think of all I experienced and never knew I would one day lose.

I know when I reach these moments I must reach out to God.  That is the only thing that can keep me from spiraling down to the depths of depression and self-pity.  I think of Scripture as I watch another sparkle of dancing lights light up the sky.

Then it dawns on me.  Yes, I may be missing the brilliance of this season.  Yes, I may be alone.  But one day …. One day … I grab my computer to search out the verses

There they are … I write them at the top of this page.

Yes.  That will be the greatest display of all – and that is one I won’t be sitting on the sidelines for.

Father God, thank You that we as believers are promised to witness the most glorious site of all on the day you return for those who love you.  Amen


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