By Charlene Miller
The Gulf Coast panhandle is famous for its beautiful white-sand beaches and delicious seafood.
Visitors also enjoy scouring the waterfronts, hoping to catch sight of the nice population of dolphins.
I love to watch the dolphins swimming just beyond the dunes. As they make their daily appearance, beachgoers invariably point in the direction of the cresting fins, exclaiming,
“Did you see it?”
“Look! Over there!”
“I see it; I see it!”
Sand dusts up as slumbering beach visitors jump from chairs. One hand covers the eyes, creating an instant visor, while the other points to the area of the dolphin sighting.
Although everyone isn’t wholly interested, the temptation to look is too much. Most cannot resist the urge to peer across the waves and catch a glimpse of the exquisite creatures.
Not everyone loves the beach, but I sure do. Blustery winds cool the air. The sun’s reflection on the white sand causes squinty eyes, despite sunglasses and visors. Continuous rhythmic lapping of waves against the beach beckons me to join nature’s song.
Brilliant sunshine warms my skin, coaching out an ever-growing scattering of freckles. By the way, I even enjoy the regular rain showers; the dance of raindrops provides a nice break from the sun-drenched beach. As emerald hues transition to deep sapphire, the beauty of the Gulf Coast waters draws me to sweet communion with God.
I know He is everywhere, but somehow the beach provides the opportunity to shut out distractions, making me feel so close to the Lord.
I spend precious time with my Creator, examine my relationship with Him, identify needed changes and rejoice in what Jesus is preparing for us.
While the beach is beautiful and dolphins are mesmerizing, a day is coming when all people will see the grandest sight since time began.
There is nothing to compare to what is coming. No need to shout, “Look!” The sound of the trumpet will have everyone’s attention before anyone can utter a word.
The eyes of all humanity will divert from every distraction, and everyone will see the return of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God” (1 Thess. 4:16a).
“Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him …” (Rev. 1:7a).
The voice we hear will not be that of fellow vacationers; it will be the thundering cry of an angel.
The trumpet’s sounding will announce the long-awaited event as the eyes of all humanity gaze toward heaven.
“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” (1 Cor. 15:52).
Are you ready?
“Therefore, you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matt. 24:44).
“… And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt. 24:30a–31).
Indeed, Jesus is coming soon. Slumbering humanity will wake to the reality of the arrival of the King and the beginning of His eternal reign.
Get ready to see Jesus and know He is Lord!
EDITOR’S NOTE — Lean into Jesus Ministries is an interdenominational discipleship ministry for women based in Guntersville.
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