The Gathering.

On my way to work this morning, the Sun was shining through the clouds. It’s one of my favorite things to see because it gives me hope that one day Jesus will be coming on the clouds for His people. I believe in the Second Coming and wait expectantly for the Lord to arrive. Sometimes I’m wrapped up in this world and forget that there will come a day when He returns. But, on days like today, I am overwhelmed by the reality of it.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! “

Luke 13:34

I can almost hear the anguish in His voice as He yearns for His people in this verse. I believe He still longs to gather us, if only we’d have Him. In the waiting, I’m so thankful He gives us time. As much as I want to say, “Come now, Lord,” I know there are those who, like I did, still need to hear of Him and accept Him. That alone stays my voice; knowing there are those who don’t know Him yet. Until everyone has heard, until that glorious day of His appearing, I dream of the future.

One day, He will gather to Himself those who have endured. He will come riding on the clouds to take us home to a place where hope will no longer be needed because Hope Himself will surround us. We will no longer have to wait for the unfolding mystery because the mystery will be revealed in Him. One day there will be no pain, no tears, and no shame. Every terrible circumstance and every sin that now reminds us of our need for Him will be washed away in His Glory. We will have our promise, our salvation, and our reward which we couldn’t possibly deserve.

My many sins would otherwise keep me from His Presence. I would never be able to even look upon Him because of my great shame. But, His death on the cross lifts my gaze to meet His loving eyes. His resurrection has made it possible for me to one day wrap my arms around my Savior and show my gratitude for all eternity.

For now, I can praise Him while I wait. I can offer my life as a sacrifice. And whenever I see His beautiful creation, I can worship the Creator and thank Him for the tiny glimpses of His Kingdom He’s given us in it.

Prayer: Lord, how I long for You to gather Your people. How I wish You would come back for us now and bring us into Your Glory forever. I long for the day when we will no longer have to endure this world, but I know the waiting strengthens my faith. Help me to live right, so I will be one of those caught up in the air with You on the glorious day of Your return. Help me to share Your Good News with others. Teach me to be patient and careful with those You long to gather to Yourself. Thank you for the glimpses You give us through Your creation of what is to come, even if they are a pale comparison to Your Kingdom. You are worthy of all praise, Lord. Amen.

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