Sunday, February 16, 2014
As I'm Seeing It. (Read At Your Own Risk.) :)
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty" ... 2 Timothy 3:1
Long ago I went to college and one of the still vivid things is the first time I watched The Love Boat in our dorm floor's tv room. Wow. All those unmarried couples sharing cabins on the boat! Innocent-as-a-flower me, gasped, sunk into my comfy chair and felt my cheeks turn red with surprise that so many people would do this and that a tv show would promote it.
Yes, at 18 I was that naive. But looking back, I'm glad.
Anyway, now I watch tv shows where dating couples share a bed and it barely phases me. I might lift an eyebrow or roll an eye, but mostly I think, "That's life in this century. I don't agree with it, but what are ya gonna do?"
My point? Live awhile in Today's sinful old world and you become jaded. Even though you think you're not. Even when you try not to.
I mean, what if our 19th century ancestors watched our daily tv news? What if they saw in Technicolor the thousands of daily stories about murder-suicides, rapes, wars everywhere, poverty, illness, corporate corruption and terrorist plots? We've been eased into it all over the years, but what if an ancestor suddenly witnessed just one hour of a news program?
Personally, I believe their heart would fail them.
My other point? This world is far worse than we know it to be, more
End Times-ish than we imagine. We don't realize it, though, because we've grown used to watching all the violence as well as the numerous earthquakes, droughts, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and water shortages. We know it's bad, yes! But do we really understand how bad? How close we are to the end of Life as we've always had it?
Now please don't guffaw/faint/snicker, but I'm tending to agree with many Christians who believe The Great Tribulation will begin sometime between 2016 and 2023. And really, I'm accepting that I'll never become an old-old lady which--hey--has its perks. Gnaw on that one awhile.
Do I believe a Rapture of the Church will happen at the beginning of The Tribulation? Hmm. Not really. It would be lovely, of course, but I'm aiming more toward living ready either way--to go or to stay, you know, until Christians are done away with.
Which brings me to my last (kinda fun) point (and yes, we can use some fun in this post around now!). I told Tom a few months ago, "Just think! We've got all that money saved-up for retirement, but most likely we'll not spend a cent of it. All that saving and working for it! But, oh well."
And Tom said, "Yep. Oh well. Somebody else can use it." (I do love my husband. Most of the time we're on the exact same page.)
But only recently did I think of the amazing part ... If things go as I'm leaning toward believing, Tom and I will spend our retirement years in Heaven.
Oh my goodness!
Think of the travel there. The sights, the fun, the sun, the mountains, the River of Life, the fields of flowers which never die, the activities, the vacation places to visit not by plane (heh) ...And we'll be in great shape, no creeping along with canes or walkers for us. No, indeed!
Add that up and oh, losing hundreds of thousands of retirement dollars means absolutely nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Who can compare an earthly retirement with a Heavenly one?
So it's ok. The dreadful Tribulation is perhaps just around the corner? If so, with God by our side, it's going to be very, very ok anyway. And Heaven will be way beyond worth any hardship. Way, way beyond worth it.
"Dear friends, don't be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad -- because these trials will make you partners with Christ in his suffering, and afterward you will have the wonderful joy of sharing his glory when it is displayed to all the world." ...1 Peter 4:12,13
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken." ... Matthew 24:29
"... but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." ... Matthew 24:13