I am sitting in the shade of a sweet summer Sunday day – life is good and I will take this moment to rest – rest assured and be aware of life. Life is buzzing all around me – bees and flies – butterflies and birds – a monarch just now flew by. I grow multitudes of milkweed for the chance of just one each year. Just helping one is worth it.
Inside the cat is napping after watching the world thru the window. She wishes she could be outside – but I am sorry that our world is out of balance enough that we decided to keep her inside – then again she was raised as an indoor cat and that is the way it is… Is it cruel or protection? You could ask that about the world we live in – about our kids – our parents- and about us and how we approach all the things that we are either protectionist about or free about. Yeah, even now as I wrap my legs for protection from mosquitoes, I think about the future – about next week when my college kid goes back to “reality” of protected college in a big unprotected city. It’s a balance. I wrap her with love, and that is the best I can do.
This world, balanced beautiful in its natural states, is also as messed up as we have trashed it not just in pollution but we have come to it broken whereas Adam and Eve used to walk with God in the cool of the day. We still walk with God as Jesus walks with us, but the brokenness of us all is apparent. And yet it IS amazing that creation adapts best it can. The praying mantis are still praying. Lest society prey on us, we should pray for it.
I am intrigued that some day, God will roll this earth all away… yes, gone… so enjoy it now! Should we be sad? Maybe, but also GLAD – because it means we are closer to the new Heaven and new earth rolled in. All things will be NEW and we will have NO MORE TEARS. God will wipe them all away.
We will have this earth for just a time and then there will be a millennium of time that others will enjoy the earth while harmony reigns within Jesus’s reign, and then earth will be rolled away, folded up, taken out the back door, not emptied but just gone. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
One of the realities of this world now is that we are very human in how we live in it… All the information and disinformation on many topics makes us realize that no matter what side you are on for topic X,Y, or Z, there’s going to be opposing views and such – we will see the world have less and less harmony (as a spotted lanterfly just buzzed by me)… And I am not just talking about the pendulum shifting for the discussions of the day either, or any of social or political discussions, and not just about not letting the cat outside – I am talking about EVERYTHING! Today for example, I just saw a story on a topic that I feared was happening – recycling getting put into the landfill – that sounds awful – that is awful – and the story tells us that the buy-back market is just not there for recyclables other than #1 and #2 plastics – so you guessed it, the other ones are actually POSSIBLY being tossed rather than recycled… Sad… The story also claims that the recycling movement was an advertisement scheme of the plastic companies to get you to feel less guilty on using plastics… But this might not be true everywhere- SIGH!!! Who can you believe anymore?!!!
Well, GOD – you can believe God – God will do what He says He will do – and He already wrote it all down so He won’t deviate. We just we don’t know His timing, but in a sermon I once heard: Creation is bending it’s neck around the corner to listen and wait upon God’s next move. And even though we don’t know His timing, we DO KNOW His motive – which is LOVE – He wants all His children home with Him – God wants us all to not have sin and death separate us from Him. He waits on those who will turn back to Him. He is Faithful and Freeing. Listen to Him. Follow Him. Surrender to Him.
The Israelites in Moses’s time had to listen for trumpeted instructions for when to gather. And guess what? The timeline towards a new Heaven and new earth also involves a TRUMPET blowing and Jesus returning. So just like creation listens, assembles, we too must LISTEN FOR THE TRUMPET, acknowledge Him as leader and be ready to go.
One last joyful memory as I sit on this end of summer day. I witnessed the sound of clapping at the end of the church service. We were singing a favorite song, “I Surrender”, my eyes closed and clapping opened them as a gentleman attending with a friend came forward for the altar call to give his life to Jesus, the first one I have seen in this 8am service in my summer attendance, and the people clapped in joy. And we kept singing. And I prayed in tears for many reasons, tears that I couldn’t sing anymore with my mouth but still with my head, joy and witness that God moves and that this man accepted Jesus (even more) at this moment. His soul will be caught up in the clouds rising in the air to meet Jesus. How blessed to witness a new life just there and then. He’s just one – and we are each just one – but each of us is EVERYTHING to Jesus. Jesus has been waiting on him – JESUS waiting on each of us. Jesus, like me smiling seeing the one monarch butterfly today, Jesus surely is knowing one more soul is WORTH THE WAIT…
Don’t wait – be with Jesus as He is with us.
Here is an amazing sermon about the new Heaven:
Heaven: Part 1 https://subspla.sh/86bqvqv
Here is that recycling story – take it or leave it for perhaps it is not uniform across the country…
Here is the scripture about the new Heaven and new earth:
Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Revelation 20:11, 21:1-5
Here is the Old Testament about trumpet sounding (Numbers 10:1-10)
The Lord said to Moses: “Make two trumpets of hammered silver, and use them for calling the community together and for having the camps set out. When both are sounded, the whole community is to assemble before you at the entrance to the tent of meeting. If only one is sounded, the leaders—the heads of the clans of Israel—are to assemble before you. When a trumpet blast is sounded, the tribes camping on the east are to set out. At the sounding of a second blast, the camps on the south are to set out. The blast will be the signal for setting out. To gather the assembly, blow the trumpets, but not with the signal for setting out.
“The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to blow the trumpets. This is to be a lasting ordinance for you and the generations to come. When you go into battle in your own land against an enemy who is oppressing you, sound a blast on the trumpets. Then you will be remembered by the Lord your God and rescued from your enemies. Also at your times of rejoicing—your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts—you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the Lord your God.”
Here is the New Testament account of the trumpet sounding – LISTEN and be working for the Lord! 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.