Gaylon and I are not pet owners, but many of our family members are. They love their pets, and their pets love them. Sarah, my daughter-in-law in Hickory, has had Macey for about seven years. Macey is a loving, lick-you-to death, kind of dog, and she really loves Sarah.
While staying with Sarah for a few weeks shortly before Tucker’s birth, I was able to observe Macey’s daily routine. Sarah usually arrived home around six each evening. About 5:30, Macey would gather a couple of toys near the door, so Sarah would play with her when she arrived. For the next thirty minutes, Macey would lay on the floor by the door awaiting her master’s return. She did not know exactly when her master would arrive, but she had no doubt that she would arrive. Every time she heard a sound, she would lift her head, as if to say, “Is that my Master returning?” Finally, around six, Macey would hear the garage door go up, and she would leap with joy. Finally…the moment she had longed for…she would be in the presence of her master.
How easy it is to forget that our Master, Jesus Christ, will come again. It is so easy to get caught up in life as we know it, the motions of Christianity and even ministry, and lose the awareness that our Lord will return. What would happen if part of our daily prayer life, or daily confession would be: “Maranatha – come quickly, Lord Jesus. I can’t wait to see your face.”
Over 2000 years ago Jesus Christ came to this earth. The purpose of His first coming was to live a perfect life, to die to pay the penalty for the sins of people in this world. Christ then rose again, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God. He is now interceding for the believers, watching over them, and waiting for that day when He comes back to earth to take them home with Him.
Today, I choose to sing and live this song:
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!
Life’s trials will seem so small, when we see Christ.
One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow will erase.
So, bravely run the race till we see Christ.
Each day we live, each moment of life, brings us one step closer to the day that Jesus will return. Marantha – come quickly, Lord Jesus! Like Macey, I can’t wait to see the Master!
“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. ” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17