Waking Up

Have you ever noticed how you wake up? This may seem like a silly question, but as one gets older, one ponders.

Usually I’m suddenly asleep and suddenly awake, but lately I’ve been more aware of an “almost awake” state. I’m not sure how that starts. Does a glimmer of light invade as my eyelids slightly crack open? Does a dream seems so real that I am reacting physically to it? Do thoughts of what tasks must be done that day invade my subconscious? All this causes me to wonder.

Recently verses about the Rapture have been coming to mind. In a twinkling of an eye. A blink? A slight crack in eyelids closed in sleep? We’re here then not. We’re asleep then awake. No time to reach out or even turn to say good-bye. No time – just a twinkle. It could happen in the next second. Or tomorrow or the next day. We don’t know.

What do we do with such knowledge? When the world seems chaotic-crazy, racing out of control, the Rapture brings hope of going to our real home. But what about today, this moment, this millisecond? What should we do? What does God say to do?

Tell others about Him, while people will still listen. (2 Timothy 4:3) Love others as He would love them, so that they see Him in us. (John 13:34-35) Forgive. (Ephesians 4:32) We need these things too, so we must turn to Him to find them, to do them, and to find Him.

And most importantly, hold onto this blessed hope. Our final “waking up” – see you then!

“Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed …. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the LORD, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the LORD” (1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 58)

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