by Jerry Ousley
Yep, it's time alright. The leaves are quickly changing colors and beginning to fall to the ground. The repetitious job of mowing the lawn has become a once every two weeks job instead of once a week and soon the grass will stop growing altogether and it will be time to clean up all those leaves deposited on the ground by the trees.
The temperatures have started falling. We spent most of the summer in the nineties but now there are days when the thermometer struggles to reach seventy and sometimes even fifty. The mornings have become crisp and the floor is cold when crawling out of bed. The temptation is there to just stay wrapped up underneath those warm covers instead of exposing ourselves to the cool air that awaits us on the other side.
It is indeed time because soon our current attire will be once again put away to wait for another summer season. It will be replaced with sweatshirts, long pants and eventually coats, hats and gloves. We'll be thinking about snow shovels, warming up the car and hot chocolate.
How do we know all of this? Simply because we have learned to read the signs that the seasons are changing. Oh of course we have the weather man who tells us of coming change. But we'd know it without him or her because we've seen it year after year and we know what's coming. We know that preparation has to be made. We know that we must examine the windows and caulk around any new cracks to prevent the cold arctic air from finding its way from the outside to the inside. We know that we must make certain that we've got heat for the winter. We know that we need to check the radiators in our automobiles and be sure that the anti-freeze will do its job when the temperatures fall even more.
"Okay," I hear someone saying, "Man do you have to remind me? Can't I just enjoy what's left of the fall without pushing me into winter?" I know what you mean and I feel the same way. Except I also know the consequences of not being ready. I've spent my share of winters under the car wishing I had done it earlier when I didn't have to lay on a cold floor our even worse, out in the snow! If you haven't had to do that then count yourself lucky because folks it isn't anything like making a snow angel!
We have learned how to read the signs God placed in nature. Have we learned to read the signs He has placed in time? What I mean by that is this: Our Lord plainly told us some things that would be taking place that would signal that the day we have been waiting for, the day when He would return to this earth is coming. Now I know that there are a lot of fanatics out there who claim one thing or another. We've had people predict that it was going to take place on a certain day and those days have come and gone.
I remember back in the early nineties when a man insisted that the Lord was returning on such and such a date. People were getting ready. They believed him. In our church one young lady in particular was so convinced that she was instrumental in many of her girlfriends coming to Christ. While that was a commendable thing to do the fact is that when that day arrived and the Lord didn't come back it was as if the air was suddenly let out of her tire and she deflated. Most of her girlfriends deflated with her. They felt that they had been lied to. She was embarrassed that she had believed this guy.
But let me tell you that the Lord really is returning someday. The signs are starting to add up. If you don't know what I'm talking about just take some time and read the chapter as found in Matthew 24. Jesus talked about a lot of things that would be taking place that were signs that He was getting ready to come back. I know, I know; a lot of those things have been happening for years. We've heard it over and over again. But folks, read it again and think about it. I don't ever remember reading in history that all of these things were taking place at the same time. We have one disaster after another. It seems that even nature is changing and getting ready.
I can't tell you when it's going to happen. I don't know the hour or the day. In fact Jesus told us that only God the Father has access to that information. But I do know that it's coming. I can't tell you when we'll have the first snow this season; or if we'll have a mild winter or a bad winter. But I can tell you that by the signs I'm seeing that winter is certainly coming. Just so, I can't predict exactly when Jesus is coming, but I know enough about the signs that I can emphatically tell you that he is indeed coming. Don't be caught out in the cold; get ready. Make preparation by making sure that you've made peace with God and no matter when it takes place you'll be ready.
Jerry D. Ousley is the author of ´Soul Challenge´, ´Soul Journey´, ´Ordeal´, ´The Spirit Bread Daily Devotional and his first novel ´The Shoe Tree.´ Visit our website at spiritbread.com to download these and more completely free of charge.
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