The Rapture and Lunker Bass Fishing

I just returned from a retreat that included time for my favorite hobby – lunker bass fishing! I caught some nice large mouths and monster catfish. As I tossed my plastic lizard, I thought about the big news story from last week about the rapture.  A radio host had predicted that the rapture would occur May 21. Wrong! Jesus said that no one knows the day of Christ’s return, neither the angels in Heaven and not even the Son. Only God knows. We can live in that peace. God will send Jesus Christ in the perfect time when God is good and ready. In the meantime, we are to live in such a way that we do not have to worry about tomorrow.

Sometimes I think God keeps it all a secret to reveal what is really in our hearts. What we believe and how we live regardless of when Jesus comes again reveals who we really are and in whom we trust and follow. Back when I was a Boy Scout, our scoutmaster would often leave camp and place us, the senior leaders in charge. We could make the tenderfoot scouts do all the work and we could just lounge around. Or we could be team players and mentor the younger scouts so if the scoutmaster returned unexpectantly he would find us diligent and doing the honorable thing. I often remember this lesson when I consider the return of Christ. Our task is to live in joyful expectancy and simply be faithful to Him as we wait in faith.

I only have one caveat before his return. I want to catch a largemouth bass over 8 pounds and boat the monster! Well, I realize that too is not worth His delay. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. And in the meantime, I plan to be diligent, faithful and hopeful. And work in some serious bass fishing as often as possible!

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