DayBreaks for 08/13/13 – In the Twinkling of an Eye
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 (NLT) – But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! 52 It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. 53 For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies.
I was musing the other day on life events. Just this afternoon on my way home from work, traffic was horribly backed up and when I finally got close enough to see what had happened, there had been an accident – a horrible one – on the other side of the freeway. It looked as if a small economy car had been sandwiched between two or three large semi’s. I don’t know if there were fatalities or not, but such scenes always make me think about how quickly things can change.
Scripture speaks of Christ’s return and how we will be translated in the twinkling of an eye – which is instantaneous, because a twinkle is an expression of light and light is, well, it’s the fastest thing we know of that exists. So when it happens, it’ll be F-A-S-T!
We talk about appreciating those we love because they can be taken from us so suddenly. We should talk about such things, for it is a truth we easily forget in the hubbub of life. One second someone can be here – and literally the next second they can be gone.
What I was musing about mostly, however, is what it must be like for those who are “taken” away from us…how quickly our priorities and anxious thoughts and troubles will be lifted. The moment we pass from this world to the next life we will be freed from worries about taxes, bills, health, work, what color to paint the living room, how we are doing in organic chemistry class, or how the worship band will sound this coming Sunday. We won’t have deadlines. We will leave all those earthly concerns far behind us and never return to them again.
Death remains an enemy – yet it is an enemy that is destined to be crushed and obliterated. But as Christians, we can join Paul in saying that we may desire to depart “and be with the Lord” and truly mean it. Is it escapist? No. It is reality. It is a longing to go home to a Father who lives and loves us eternally, a Father who has prepared a place for us where the things of this earth are no more. In the twinkling of an eye….we’ll be home!!!!
PRAYER: Lord, may we be ready when that “twinkling of the eye” translates us from earthly life to an eternal one! In Your name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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