RAPTURE TUNE UP, THANK YOU HAROLD CAMPING!
-MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY
“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.”
Song of Solomon
Thursday of last week, Frank and I went to our favorite Sushi place in Elmwood-Kyoto2. While eating, we begun to discuss the “what if’s” of the rapture happening. We really weren’t taking much of it seriously when we just began to stop and really contemplate the possibilities of it happening……Saturday. We found ourselves getting a little nervous about the “what if”. What would happen to our children, our church, our pets and yes even our marriage. (I wasn’t sure if Frank was concerned more for the dogs than me!) Both of us felt like we had more to do for Him and his kingdom. I will admit I have been in the process of doing a little renovation in our kitchen and was feeling just a tad silly about it. As the days drew closer to Saturday I pretty well dropped all my concerns. As the Aussies say- I was able to “get it sorted”. I went from nervousness to anticipation of even the thought of being raptured. Many times I went on the internet Friday and Saturday because I was amazed at all the news coverage ole Harold Camping was getting. Atheist going on craigslist to take your dogs, others wanting to buy your stuff and then of course the tweets, the cartoons and the many, many rapture jokes and parties. Wow, the world actually was being made keenly aware of the “RAPTURE”. Even Christians were being awakened out of their sleeply state, we were getting a rapture tune up.
The services over the weekend for me were refreshing and exciting. Yes, we are still here, enjoying Him and serving in the kingdom. In the Song of Solomon she was being awakened by her lover. He had put His hand on the door and she was hesitating. It is the voice of the beloved, He is calling us to a deeper walk, a burning love and a igniting passion. We may not know the day or the hour but we can certainly continue “to make ourselves ready”.
Spurgeon says it like this, “Oh, noble and pleasant employment to be for ever gazing at our sweet Lord Jesus! Is it not unspeakably delightful to view the Saviour in all his offices, and to perceive him matchless in each?-to shift the kaleidoscope, as it were, and to find fresh combinations of peerless graces? In the manger and in eternity, on the cross and on his throne, in the garden and in his kingdom, among thieves or in the midst of cherubim, he is everywhere altogether lovely. Examine carefully every little act of his life, and every trait of his character, and he is as lovely in the minute as in the majestic. Judge him as you will, you cannot censure; weigh him as you please, and he will not be found wanting. Eternity shall not discover the shadow of a spot in our Beloved, but rather, as ages revolve, his hidden glories shall shine forth with yet more inconceivable splendour, and his unutterable loveliness shall more and more ravish all celestial minds.”
Thanks Mr. Camping whoever you are——“Even so come Lord Jesus!”