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What Will the Clouds Look Like When Jesus Comes?

Clouds with blue skyWhat will the clouds look like, on the day when Jesus comes?
Will they be glistening bright
With fluffy billows white,
Glorious in the noonday sun?

Clouds with sunset What will greet His presence, if the sun is setting low?
Will the clouds be basking in bliss,
With rosy shades of fire,
Wondrous in the evening glow?

Clouds with moon What will the night bring forth, if it’s dark when He appears?
Will the clouds be shadowy mist,
With soft wisps dancing round,
Serene in the moonlit atmosphere?

clouds with reedWhat will your heart look like, the moment of the trumpet cry?
Will you be ready for Him,
With your sins purified,
Saved, caught up in the clouds with Christ?

I often think about the rapture.  Since nobody knows the day or hour of His return, we should expect that Christ could come at any moment.  It could be morning, night or noon. 

The one thing we do know is that if we are alive when Jesus comes, true Believers will meet Him in the clouds.  No matter how they look on the day He returns, the most important thing is the condition of one’s heart. 

If Jesus comes today, are you ready to meet Him in the clouds?

Below are two images I designed as companions to this post.  I used the same image of Christ on each, but different background pictures.
The full size photos are at Heavenly Raindrops ~ Images.

Feel free to use any of my designs on your websites!

Photos and poem by Sue Nash/2013
*Image of Jesus – from – biblecliparts.blogspot.com

FEAR NOT ~ I AM

Taken on a lovely Spring day. I love how God is always with us, watching over us.

Taken on a lovely Spring day. I love how God is always with us, watching over us.


I am working
I am moving

I am breathing
I am alive.

I am hurting
I am needing
I am sinking
I can’t survive.

I am seeing
I am hearing
I am weeping
I can sympathize.

I am cringing
I am fretting
I am doubting
I want to hide.

I am watching
I am holding
I am keeping
I’m right by your side.

I am waiting
I am hoping
I am longing
I must abide.

I am drawing
I am saving
I am preparing
I will soon arrive!

I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly.
Psalm 38:6       

Fear not: I am with you.
Isaiah 41:10

Homesick

Homesick Poetry Corner

Weary
Run down
Worn out
In need of renewing

Spent
Maxed out
Shut down
In need of replenishing

Wounded
Beat up
Cut off
In need of healing

Thirsty
Washed out
Dried up
In need of refreshing

Homesick
Fed up
Had enough
In need of rapturing!

” My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?
Psalm 42: 2

Anybody else feeling this way?!!

Tick Tock

Belonged to Bert Nash, my husband's grandfather. A Railroad Engineer's watch.

Belonged to Bert Nash, my husband’s grandfather. A Railroad Engineer’s watch.

Tick tock
Time’s almost up.

I’m young and I’m free,
So just let me be.

Tick tock,
Time quickly flees.

I’m just having fun.
I’m not hurting anyone.

Tick tock,
Time’s nearly done.

I’m doing fine.
I just need to unwind.

Tick tock,
Time won’t rewind.

I’m not doing wrong.
I just want to belong.

Tick tock,
Time’s almost gone.

I just like to play,
I’ll settle down one day.

Tick tock,
Time’s slipping away.

Don’t worry or fret,
I’ll follow Him yet.

Tick tock,
Time’s almost spent.

I’ve got things yet undone,
I’ll be ready when He comes.

Tick tock,
Time’s almost up.

Tick tock,
Tick tock,

Tick…tick…

Gone

Lightning

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
Matthew 24:42

Tick tock 

Count Down Fever

Hourglass“And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.”
2 Timothy 4:8 NLT

As a child, I can vividly remember the times when we visited our grandparents. They lived a considerable distance from Florida, which is where I spent most of my growing up years. Crowded into our station wagon, all of us children in the back would take turns asking our parents as to how much longer it would be – ‘til we get there. Our excitement over seeing them, coupled with our boredom of sitting still in a car, was often more than our juvenile minds and bodies could stand. Trips to see Grandma, and especially Grandpa, were one of our favorite adventures in life.

Since we visited our grandparents infrequently, and because of our overwhelming anticipation, my siblings and I willingly participated in this well-practiced game of count down fever. It helped click away the time to know precisely how many more hours were left, and brought some much-needed relief to our car fever. Additionally, it absolutely annoyed our parents, something from which every child derives immense satisfaction!

Me and my brothers, taken a long time ago!

Me and my brothers, taken a long time ago!

Playing the ‘how much longer’ game is not the only count down amusement for children. There is the ‘how many more days until my Birthday party’ or until Christmas or an upcoming vacation. Often, the counting down involves hours and not days when some fun outing is pending on the daily agenda. In general, it does not take much to excite kids and to get them hyped up with anticipation about some wonderful event.

Kids get it in terms of joyous expectancy. Grown-ups are slower to the punch. We have our moments of excitement, but then we remember all the responsibilities left undone. Our feverish anticipation sputters under cumbersome tasks and necessary obligations. Unlike children, adults may experience enthusiasm over an upcoming event, but feel obliged to contain those sentiments out of deference to responsibility. Children carry their excitement around; it spills over onto everything they do. Adults bottle it up and put the container on some shelf.

Jesus does not want His followers to lose their anticipation of His soon return. As cited in 2 Timothy, we should be eagerly looking forward to His appearing. We should be longing to see him with count down fever. For those who love Jesus and are really His, eagerly awaiting that return is but a natural overflow of that love. It is always in the back of your mind. You cannot help but yearn for the Rapture.

Unfortunately, only God knows when Christ will return. We can only speculate. Therefore, many Believers do exactly what they do with other anticipated happenings, they stow away their excitement, especially since His return has been so long since delayed.

Since God instead desires fervent anticipation, and even expects it based on the verse above, how do we stoke the fires of our yearning, while at the same time mesh it with occupying until He comes? How do we avoid becoming so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good? I will be the first to admit that I struggle in this area. I often tip the scales in eager yearning; I don’t have to fan that flame. I likely spend much more time longing than I do living out His calling. God wants a balance.

In order to help maintain this balanced perspective of excited waiting coupled with obedient following, I compiled a handy count down list for use prior to His coming. I AM NOT A DATE SETTER, so do not assume that these hypothetical numbering of days below are a prediction of when He returns. Instead, they are a mechanism to inspire and energize an urgent fervency for His appearing.

Any enthusiasm about the Rapture must always be tempered with an assurance of being ready; hence, not only is the list intended as a motivation tool to increase our yearning, but also as a wake up call for preparedness. We can never do enough to earn entrance into heaven, but true Believers must have evidences of their faith.

The following hypothetical situations narrow by priority based on readiness and eagerness for His return. I pray that this list will prompt others to be good stewards of the time remaining, as well as to fan the flames of count down fever!  He could come at any moment. Even so, come quickly Lord Jesus!

 IF THE RAPTURE WERE IN ONE MONTH, I WOULD:

  • Worry less, trust more
  • Regret less, enjoy more
  • Complain less, appreciate more
  • Withhold less, give more
  • Criticize less, edify more
  • Frown less, laugh more
  • Shun less, love more
  • Resent less, forgive more
  • Sin less, imitate Christ more
  • Babble less, listen more
  • Slack less, read the Word more
  • Gossip less, encourage more
  • Evade less, witness more
  • Brood less, dance more
  • Daydream less, meditate on Him more
  • Wander less, abide more
  • Petition less, praise more
  • Doubt less, believe more
  • Look down less, gaze upward more
  • Rush less, rest more
  • Brag less, uplift more
  • Despair less, hope more
  • Wish less, be content more
  • Question less, adore more
  • Argue less, understand more
  • Venture less, follow Jesus more
  • Shoulder less, depend more
  • Vacation less, serve more
  • Separate less, pray more
  • Cling to earth less, seek Jesus more

IF THE RAPTURE WERE IN ONE WEEK, I WOULD:

  • Worry less, trust more
  • Withhold less, give more
  • Shun less, love more
  • Sin less, imitate Christ more
  • Slack less, read the Word more
  • Evade less, witness more
  • Daydream less, meditate on Him more
  • Wander less, abide more
  • Petition less, praise more
  • Doubt less, believe more
  • Look down less, gaze upward more
  • Rush less, rest more
  • Question less, adore more
  • Separate less, pray more
  • Cling to earth less, seek Jesus more

IF THE RAPTURE WERE IN ONE DAY, I WOULD:

  • Worry less, trust more
  • Shun less, love more
  • Slack less, read the Word more
  • Evade less, witness more
  • Petition less, praise more
  • Doubt less, believe more
  • Separate less, pray more
  • Cling to earth less, seek Jesus more

IF THE RAPTURE WERE IN ONE HOUR, I WOULD:

  • Worry less, trust more
  • Shun less, love more
  • Evade less, witness more
  • Doubt less, believe more
  • Cling to earth less, seek Jesus more

IF THE RAPTURE WERE IN ONE SECOND, I WOULD:

  • Cling to earth less, seek Jesus more

*I WOULD THEN CLOSE MY EYES FOR THE LAST TIME ON THIS EARTH AND OPEN THEM TO GAZE UPON JESUS FOREVER!

Hourglass

Bright Clouds, Silver-Lined

Bright clouds for wordpress

“Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.”
Zechariah 10:1
KJV

Have you ever noticed how people obsess over the weather? Weather is the Pulitzer Prize of small talk. It the go-to subject around the coffee pot at work, the ice-breaking conversation starter with a stranger and even the talking point in an elevator, a place where few ever talk.

Inclement weather seems to generate the most dialogue, especially pending storms. Those initiate almost non-stop discussion, especially with the weather channel and 24/7 news feeds. I remember so well the days leading up to Katrina how, glued to televisions, we all waited and prayed for a favorable outcome. The threatening storm created much stir. Although Katrina has long since subsided, the weather frenzy has only intensified. Now more than ever, with every storm named, the weather fascination continues.

Weather was also a topic of interest in Jesus’ day. Apparently, there were meteorologists, even then. When discussing how best to discern end time events, Jesus initiated the conversation about weather as an avenue to reprimand those so-called weather and prophecy experts:

 “Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here comes a shower.’ And you are right. When the south wind blows, you say, ‘Today will be a scorcher.’ And it is. You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs of the earth and sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the present times.”
Luke 12:54-56

Another time, in Matthew 16, Jesus is confronted by critics asking Him for a sign to prove who He was but rather than comply with their demands, He scolds them for being savvy forecasters of weather, based on the color of the sky, yet unable to read the signs of His coming. These weather enthusiasts were pros at using their eyes to judge nature but failures when it came to recognizing the Truth standing in front of them. They were good at watching clouds but stunk at finding Him.

My key verse is from Zechariah 10. The context is the nation of Israel, after their captivity in Babylon and subsequent return to their homeland. Zechariah writes that God will once again bring the blessings back with His latter rain. This promise brought encouragement to them and for us today, as well.

THE BRIGHT CLOUDS

I have read this passage several times and often skim past it. Every time I read the part about the bright clouds, I envision a drawing depicting a bright, sunny day with lofty clouds and green grasses below. The kind of sketch a child would draw for display alongside other choice refrigerator artwork. Since I grew up on the KJV Bible, I had never questioned that bright clouds meant anything other than the billowy types. I assumed that the rain mentioned would come later. Actually, the bright refers to ‘lightning’ or ‘flashing clouds’ and are rain clouds instead of the bright sunny ones I supposed.

Bright cloud sketch

Lacking any adequate irrigation system back then, Israel’s livelihood was dependent on rain. Early and then latter rains are what kept their crops alive and their well-being preserved; hence, Zechariah’s portrayal of the clouds would automatically be viewed as an encouragement to those despondent, former slaves that blessings were forthcoming. Rain was on the way!

I was a little distraught when I realized my understanding about the clouds was in error. Even though the flashing type brought rain and were a clear promise of renewal, thoughts of such storms, with occasional associated destruction, clouded my receptivity of the verse’s true meaning. Part of me longed to keep that happier picture on the refrigerator. Yet, God reminded me to take a closer look.

Rain clouds are by nature ominous. Though not as becoming as the white, fluffy types, they are the only ones which sustain life. Water vapors, if left suspended in the sky, may be beautiful clustered together as clouds, but they must bust open their payload to nourish the fields and grasses below. My bright clouds look good floating around in the sky or on pretty paper but are worthless if they never bring showers of blessing.

THE SILVER LINING

The bright, flashing clouds mentioned suggest latter rain, but also hint of a benefit yet unseen; there is a silver lining. With stormy Cumulonimbus clouds, lightning is always around. It is the precursor to the rain. One flash suddenly illuminates the dark. The clouds bring the restoring rain, but the lightning bolts, though unpredictable and terrifying, herald its arrival. One day soon, another event will suddenly stun the entire world and bring for some a longed for promised restoration. With lightning strike speed, God will herald the Son’s return and our promised gathering to meet Him in the sky. For Believers, meeting Jesus in the clouds is our silver lining!

 “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Matthew 24:27

The return of Christ is on the horizon but His coming will catch many unaware. As lightning crashes unexpectedly ahead of rain, Jesus will snatch His loved ones home with a suddenness that will bring eternal blessings for them but profound devastation for those left behind. However, since this event is yet to occur, nobody reading this post need be unprepared. A-accept Jesus now, before it is too late. B-believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. C-confess your sins openly with your mouth and make Him Lord of your life. Out of love, Jesus gave His life so that everyone would have a Way back to Him and not left behind. Just do not delay. Today is the day of salvation!

God observes the weather. Though we tend to get fixated upon the weather and its patterns, He is not at all surprised when it changes. Perhaps, knowing that man would have such a fascination with the weather is what prompted His decision to designate clouds as the meeting place for Christ’s return. He knew we would be cloud gazing anyway, so why not have that upward stare be a reminder of Him.

Whether bright, fluffy ones or ominous, rainy ones, clouds should always be special to God’s children. It is in those clouds, with a blaze of lightning flash glory, that He will both reunite and carry us home. Bright clouds really are silver-lined!

Gone in a Blink

In a blink, we will be gone!

In a blink, we will be gone!

Keep holding on,
Keep plugging along.
I am already on the way.

Know that any day
Could be that day,
I’m going to meet you in the clouds.

I will shout aloud
With a trumpet sound;
I am really almost here.

So do not fear,
I will appear.
Your redemption draweth nigh.

Hold your head up high.
Hear the midnight cry.
It will not be very long.

Keep standing strong.
Blameless, not wrong,
I am coming very soon.

Which day, don’t assume,
Could be night or noon,
I am already at the door.

Do not earth adore,
Rather heaven’s shore.
I’ll be here sooner than you think.

Be ready. It will happen in a blink.

 “It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.”
I Corinthians 15:52

“Therefore be ye also ready; for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”
Matthew 24:44

Gone in a blink