In A Moment

By TERRY IVY,

“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” (1Cor. 15:52) Life is filled with moments. In fact, time is simply a series of continuous moments! The Lord never intends for our experiences in life to become stopping points. They are moments squeezed together but always adding another event to the chain of time. Our life is not a straight line, but a zig-zag of moments, both good and bad. 

  All it takes is one phone call to change our life. In that simple moment, we are plunged into great happiness or despair. Our emotions can go from joy to sorrow quicker than a rabbit running from a well-trained beagle. Likewise, we can go from worry and concern to joyful just as fast.

Thanksgiving is a time when it seems all of our ‘moments’ rush in together. We remember the family gatherings of our youth, the joy of backyard football, board games, turkey and dressing, and sweet potato or pecan pie. Grandmothers were glowing as they shoveled excess amounts of food into the mouths of their grand and great children. Laughter, hugs, and celebrations abounding as each shared the opportunities that came their way in the past year.

Then, in a moment, it seems the rooms are silent with the times that have changed. Loved ones are missing and families separated by time and death. The walls close in as the memories of past Thanksgivings swirl around our minds. Those times have evaporated quicker than a morning fog over the lake.

There is another moment that is approaching. It will be filled with nothing but joy, shouting, and a glorious reunion. Our Lord is returning to gather His children, to make all things right, and to fulfill His promises of life eternal. We have lived many moments in our life, but this will be the ‘moment of moments.’ The pain and sorrow now will be part of the joy then. No experience in Christ is wasted or forgotten. All that awaits us is the warmness of God’s love toward all who have repented and turn to Jesus.

As families of faith gather on that day of Christ’s return, there will be a grand feast. It will not be a table of turkey and dressing, or casseroles and desserts. Instead, it will be the table of the Lord’s presence. All will be well with our souls, and all our doubts and fears will dissipate. The marriage supper of the Lamb will happen when the world least expects it. Jesus will prove to all mankind that He is who He said He was!

Are you ready for that day? Are you one of His children? Have you repented and turned to Christ? If so, there is something to be thankful for. Sad goodbyes and memories of the past will give way to the grandest of reunions. Our Lord will return. And, like all other things in life, it will happen… In a Moment!