Bill Yoder

Early every Sunday morning I have breakfast with a Christian friend named Jeff. I usually get to the restaurant before him and I wait for him to pull up beside me, then we go in. One Sunday morning he drove in and parked beside me as usual but something was off. He was driving a different car and it had Iowa license plates. I asked him about that and he said, “I’ll tell you what happened after we get a table.”

He told me that he and a friend were driving in the Southern part of the state at about dusk when a deer came out of nowhere in front of him. He hit the brakes and the deer ran off uninjured. He said to his passenger, “I almost hit a deer.” After regaining his composure, he proceeded. A second deer came out of the bushes suddenly and Jeff said to his passenger, “Now, I’m going to hit a deer!” The deer will survive and so will Jeff’s car, when it gets out of the body shop.

That’s just one example of how we can assume that we’re doing just fine one second and in the next split second, we’re not in control at all.

We must be ready and prepared for Jesus to return. Constant vigilance.

Jesus said, “Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Rev. 16:15 NIV

“Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Cor. 15 : 51, 52 NIV

Jesus will come as a thief. In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye. Where will we be? What will we be doing? Will we be ready?