Dr. Sam Smith, Guest columnist
Jacksonville Daily Progress
I was awakened recently by a loud blast that sounded like a horn blowing. Guess what my first thought was. Yep, I wondered, “Is this it? Is that the trumpet call?” I soon realized, to my dismay, it was not. It was an unusually loud train whistle. [If you live in Jacksonville, you know about train whistles.] I was a bit surprised by how disappointed I was that it was not heaven’s trumpet call, the sound that will call God’s children home.
The trumpet call that Paul wrote about, "We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed." (1 Corinthians 15:51–52).
The longer I live and the closer I walk with Jesus, the more I think about heaven. I have a great life and a wonderful family, and I am in no big hurry to leave them. But I know God has assigned a time for me to go home, and I am much closer to that time than I have ever been — so are you. In addition, there are many loved ones in heaven that I am longing to see again. As Christians, knowing that we are promised eternity in heaven, we should not be afraid of the end of our earthly bodies. They are temporary vehicles, housing our eternal spirits. When the trumpet sounds, and the rapture occurs, we will receive our glorified, eternal bodies. No mortal mind can imagine how wonderful it will be.
Too often we get so wrapped up in daily living that we take the promises of Jesus for granted. Knowing our eternal destiny should do two things for us: 1) We should live happier, more joyful lives knowing where we are headed. 2) We should grow to live without fear or dread or worry about today, trusting that God has numbered our days and has us in His loving hands.
I am reminded of military basic training. That was probably the worst, most uncomfortable six weeks of my life. What got us through it was the assurance that it would be over. We knew the day was coming that we could say “adios” to that lovely drill instructor and all the ridiculous things he had us doing, never to see him again. The day did come and we were some happy soldiers.
One day this journey on earth will end. We will find ourselves in the presence of King Jesus and our loved ones in heaven. All our trials, heartaches, and illness will cease, and all our fears and tears will forever end. Ahead of us is beautiful, joyous, wonderful, peaceful paradise — forever — for those who know Jesus as Savior. Living with that promise should lighten our burdens and warm our hearts. No matter how hard the journey may seem at times, the destination is glorious. Keep an ear open for the trumpet, and an eye out for the Savior. He is coming back – for you!
“Behold, I coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”
Dr. Sam Smith,