End-of-days is a hot topic right now. Massive tornadoes, earthquakes, storms, political uprisings of various kinds, fires, floods, famines, and disease are ravaging our world across both hemispheres. I talked with my grandmother on the phone yesterday – she is about to turn 90 years old, and has watched our world go through many trials. She is not given to wild theories about the end of the world. But even she was joking that maybe the crazy “May 21st Judgment Day” pastor wasn’t too far off – maybe he just got the date wrong.
If you read my Summer Blog, then you know that I’m not merely sitting around, waiting for the Rapture while the world goes on around me. I have a family to raise. I have things to do, people to see, goals to meet. I still need to buy next week’s groceries. But if you have read this blog for any length of time, then you also know that I believe the end of the world is imminent. Jesus is very near, right at the door. I believe this with all my heart.
So how do I reconcile these feelings? Clearly those people who recently felt certain of May 21st being Judgment Day planned for that event, at the cost of everything else. Why am I not doing the same? Instead I’m writing blog posts about creating a colorful family calendar for the summer break. Currently my hands and feet are dotted with wood stain, because my husband is replacing our fence and I was helping him stain some boards this morning. In a little while we are going out to lunch together, and then when my kids come home from their last day of school we’ll be laughing and having fun, ready for a great summer break.
It has taken me a while to grasp this, but here is how I reconcile these feelings of imminent wrath, alongside the joy and details of daily life: Until Jesus comes, there is work to do. What is that work? It’s very simple, Jesus Himself said so: the work we have is to love God, and love others. I want to do these two things with my whole self, to the best of my ability, right up until the Last Trumpet, or when He takes me home.
“Go your way, Daniel, for these words are concealed and sealed up until the end time. Many will be purged, purified and refined, but the wicked will act wickedly; and none of the wicked will understand, but those who have insight will understand… But as for you, go your way to the end; then you will enter into rest and rise again for your allotted portion at the end of the age.” Daniel 12:10, 13