Matthew 24:42-44 So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.
Revelation 1: 7 Look! He comes with the clouds of heaven. And everyone will see him—even those who pierced him. And all the nations of the world will mourn for him. Yes! Amen!
I’ve noticed the grayness this week on my early morning drive to work. Yes, it is a gray world right now. Winter is slowly coming to a close, but the world around us doesn’t know that yet. The skies are gray. Except for the multitude of pine trees and a few live oaks and magnolias, the trees are even gray. They have shed their leaves, and all that remains is the gray bark on the tree and its limbs. The grass is brown and appears dead and lifeless. I have quite a few patients who suffer from seasonal affective disorder. They become depressed during the winter season, and as I look around, I get it. I can understand how all of this grayness can get a person down.
It is quite easy to let the gray engulf you and bring you down, but we’ve almost reached the end of winter this year. God has given us a week of frozen temperatures so that we get at least a little taste of real winter, but y’all, spring is coming. If I stand on my tip toes, I can almost see it. Here on the farm, we live for spring. We can’t wait to prep the ground, get our hands in the dirt, and plant our spring garden. Spring babies are being born, and the barnyard is full of life. The trees begin to bud out with new leaves and blooms slowly develop. The sun that has been hidden for far too long behind a sea of gray clouds begins to overcome the clouds and shine down brightly bringing new life to all that was gray and brown. In just a little over a month, spring will arrive and with spring, the sun is coming! All of the dead appearing trees and grass will come to life again, and everything will be beautiful. We will enjoy green leafy trees and grass, blooms and blossoms in our pastures and flower beds, and fresh vegetables from our garden to our table. Yes, the death of winter will be overcome by the new life of spring. The sun is coming to bring new life to our lives. Just you wait and see.
The coming of spring is exciting indeed. It is definitely my favorite time of the year, but there is one event that should have us shaking in our shoes with excitement. The Son is coming! Oh, the date isn’t on our calendars. We don’t know the day of His great return, but we can start planning for it now. We can prepare our hearts by accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior, and we can prepare others by getting out there and getting busy. Just as we prepare for our spring gardens on the farm, we can prep the soil in the lives of others to prepare the way for seeds to be planted. Get to know your friends, neighbors, and even strangers. Share yourself with them, and listen and learn who they are. If they don’t know Christ, share your testimony. Plant a seed. If you’ve planted a seed already, but you can’t see a seedling springing forth, plant another seed. Then, don’t forget to water the seed. Continue to share the gospel and pray for that person. The Holy Spirit will do the rest.
Perhaps you are in a gray, dark place this morning, and you can’t see the sun. Let me take a moment to remind you that it is still there. In this great big universe that is too awesome for me to comprehend, I know that even on these dark winter days when we can’t see the sun, it is still there. It is somewhere behind those gray clouds just waiting to peak through and shine down on us. The sun is there even on the very darkest, coldest days of winter. It doesn’t leave us. We are just a little further away from the sun during these dark, gray months. If we are feeling like we are in a dark, gray place in our hearts today, may it is because we have moved a little too far away from the Son. I can assure you that He didn’t move. He never left. He is always there watching, waiting, and ready to shine down brightly on you. If you can’t feel the brilliant light of the Son, move in a little closer. He is there, and some day soon, the Son is coming back to call the children of God home.
Can you even imagine what that glorious day will be like? Oh yes, my friends, the Son is coming, and when He does, all the dead in Christ shall rise. We will be swooped up and taken to our heavenly home. We will see the newness of life at the feet of our Lord and Savior. All of those dark, gray days will be behind us, and nothing or no one can dim the glorious light of our Savior. We will walk through those pearly gates and tread on streets of gold. We will sing praises to the King of kings. There will be no more tears, no sadness. The Son came to earth to give us life, and the Son is coming again to give us a new life in our eternal home some day! The Son is coming my friends! Are you ready?