by Brodie Swisher
With the skies across our valley beginning to lighten, I found myself rushing down the two lane highway that leads from my house to one of my hunting spots. I had a few emails to send before heading to the woods, and I was now running behind and racing to beat daybreak. I was in the middle of questioning myself on the integrity of passing a school bus in front of me when out of nowhere, a huge cow elk flashed across the road in front of me. It happened fast…and close. Before I could move my foot from the gas pedal to the brake, she had come and gone. My adrenaline went nuts through my body as it often does when a quick and ugly crisis catches me off guard. My heart raced as the near reality of such a large beast meeting my windshield sunk in. I was on a highway that routinely sees critter collisions. Deer die by vehicles along this highway nearly every day during the whitetail rut. I knew the potential…yet I was caught off guard.
As I continued on down the road, thanking God for pushing that cow out of my way in a hurry, I was reminded of how suddenly the return of Christ will be. The Bible is clear that regardless of the fact that we have been told, warned, and prepared for His coming, we still have no idea when it will happen. It will happen in a flash. The Bible says, “For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 24:27) In the blink of eye, as quick as lightning flashing across the sky, Christ will return! 1 Thessalonians 5:2 says, “For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.”
On the way to my treestand that morning, I asked God to help me not get so consumed with the rush of life that I fail to realize that there is so much more to life than the here and now. This little vapor of life in which we now live is fleeting. It will soon be gone…and then true life begins. I want to be ready…I want to stay ready…Knowing that in a flash, He’ll be back!
Are you ready for that moment?