Ready or Not
Remember being "it" in the childhood game of "Hide and Seek?" You covered your eyes, did the countdown, then called out "Ready or not, here I come!" Some of your playmates were ready. Some weren't.
Fast forward. Present day. Life is no longer a game. Covid19 has spread across the globe. Millions are sickened; thousands die. Stocks plummet, the economy falls, unemployment escalates. Political upheaval, social unrest, racial tension, rioting, looting, and fires disrupt our society. As these events unfold before our eyes, we may wonder if we are seeing signs of things to come according to the Book of Revelations in the Bible.
It is a sobering thought.
At no time in history has a virus crippled the entire world as we know it. Other pandemics have raised their ugly heads; however, the magnitude of what we are experiencing is enough to bring many to their knees. What lies ahead? What will the future bring? No one knows.
The Bible clearly states that Christ will come again. There are those who make predictions as to when this will take place; however, Scripture tells us that no one knows when this time will be. "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." - Matthew 24:36
Matthew 24:42-44 prompts us to be vigilant. "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him."
Jesus will come again. Ready or not...
If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, it's not too late. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life."
In John 14:6, Jesus says, "I am the way, the truth, and the life."
God gives us free will to believe in Him--or not. If we seek Him, He already knows where we are, for there are no hiding places from Him. He created each of us with a purpose. His love is unconditional; no matter what has taken place in our lives.
If you do not yet know Jesus Christ and wish to seek Him, ask Him into your heart. Through Him, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose. And His benefits are truly out of this world...
Storms come and go. The sun rises and sets. There are births, deaths. There is war. There is peace. If the colossal tree, pictured here, could speak, what stories it might tell.
We live in but a small moment of time compared to most of creation. The deeply rooted tree serves as an example. It can conceivably live for hundreds of years, much longer than any of us. The massive trunk supports the tree and allows for the transportation of nutrients. The leaves support photosynthesis--the food generated by sunshine and carbon dioxide--for the tree to thrive. The roots typically spread out well beyond the the canopy of the tree, which can extend hundreds of feet.
If there is one thing that can be said about nature, it is that nature is diverse. To survive, this must be so. Lack of diversity will destroy an ecosystem. Lack of diversity in Ireland's food supply caused potatoes to develop blight, wiping them out. The result was the great potato famine in the mid 1800's. In the 1950's, the most exported banana in the world succumbed to a fungus, leaving no available fruit of its kind.
Diversity has allowed the human race to thrive, too. Early societies that practiced inbreeding saw the resulting deleterious effects: physical and mental anomalies and diseases.
As an example of diversity in nature, using the tree as an example, not one leaf is the same. Each branch is different, too; however, the leaves of every tree and its branches connect to the same root system for nourishment and sustenance.
The Lord Our God who made Heaven and Earth also intended for us to be diverse. We were uniquely created. Different from one another. Even fingerprints are individualized. God created us to be equal, too, but sadly, there are some who do not share this view.
We were meant to be connected to the One who created us. In John 15:5, Jesus says, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." He is the source of all that we need.
The canopy of a tree often has the appearance of an umbrella. Spiritually speaking, this can be a reminder that we are covered by God's love and compassion.
Storms come and go. The sun rises and sets. There are births. There are deaths. There is war. There is peace. What stories we could tell about the times we have--and are--going through.
My prayer is that all will come to know the saving grace that comes from the connection to "God's root system." He is our source for strength, spiritual well-being and eternal life. Thanks be to God for the Salvation he offers through His Only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who died, was crucified for our sins, and ascended to Heaven, where he sits at the right hand of the Father.
God's love for us...is deeply rooted.
Through God's Word!"
Find inner peace through Positive Thought, through Faith in God and through God's Word.