In a Moment
Earlier this evening the electricity went out. It was not out for long at all—perhaps only two or three seconds. That, let’s say, three seconds, caused interesting stuff. I was watching the Mike Huckabee show. I missed about five or six minutes getting a DISH signal back and readjusting the channel. The computer screen gave me a strange message and of course, it had to load up again. Every electronic clock had to be reset except for the one with the battery backup. The microwave had to be cleared and reset. I may yet find something else, but for now, all is well.
A few short words can change a whole relationship. Think of the simple things we say that encourage people: “Good job!”
“I have good news.”
“I love you.”
“Your test results. . .” are just a few words and you can think of many more. Then there are the hurtful, damaging words:
“Your job is being terminated.”
“Your test results. . .”
“Unfortunately. . .”
“Don’t talk to me again.” Those words take only seconds to say, but sometimes the road to healing from those words is a long, difficult journey.
“I’m coming,” or “I’m on my way” are words of hope. That is exactly what Jesus gave us when he told his disciples: “And if I go. . .I will come again and receive you unto myself that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:3) When will that happen? We do not know. Just as I did not know that the power was going to blip away for a moment and change so many things, we do not know when Jesus is coming again to fulfill his promise. But here it is: “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”(I Corinthians 15:52) Electronic companies are prepared for power outages. How much more should we be prepared for that moment, so short it is compared to the twinkling of the eye—that sparkle of the eye! I am prepared. I am waiting. I am watching! How about you?