I serve a congregation filled with fascinating characters. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
One of these characters is Adrian.
Every weekday, when she receives the Daily Devotional, she reads it, proofs it, makes what she sees as necessary corrections, and then sends it to her adult children. That’s right – Adrian “corrects” any mistakes in my devotionals before she forwards them on. I’ve decided to love her anyway.
Last week, I wrote a Daily Devotional letting the congregation know about a scam that was sending fraudulent text messages in my name asking for gift cards for women in desperate need.
The same thing happened a few years ago, and some of our generous members were taken advantage of.
I explained in the devotional there were certain ways to tell if the message was from me or if it was a hoax.
One way was, if they received a text from me, that was the day Jesus was returning because I hate texting and hardly ever use it.
Adrian is in charge of our vital prayer ministry. She sends out texts and emails to our faithful prayer warriors on a regular basis letting them know who to pray for. It is one of our church’s most important ministries.
Because I get prayer requests at all times of the day and night, there are occasions when I have to send Adrian a text.
When she saw the devotional stating the day someone got a text from me was the day Jesus returns, I had texted her a prayer request earlier in the morning. This is what she texted.
Adrian: “I just read today’s Devotional, and it said if you ever texted us that Jesus was coming!!! I’m so excited that I’m sitting outside on the curb with my purse waiting for Him!”
Me: “Today is the day!”
The very good news is someday, Jesus will come and take us to our true home. We won’t live in what C.S. Lewis called The Shadowlands any longer. We will see the loved ones who have gone before us and most importantly, we will see our God’s wonderful face. It will be a day unlike any other.
The Bible is very clear it will happen but only God knows when. This day will come like a thief in the night.
The writer of Hebrews explains this wonderful day by saying, “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Hebrews 9:28 ESV).
So, like Adrian, keep your purse (if you carry one) near so when the time comes, you can be sitting on the curb, ready to go.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, your plans are always perfect so I wait with patience. I know that someday, you will bring me home. Help me bring others to this wonderful news. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
We don’t know when, but we know it’s going to happen. There is a wonderful day coming.
I think I’ll go sit on the curb with Adrian and wait. I hope you will too.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.