There comes that time in each day when the clock strikes 8 o’clock (pm) which sounds the nell of bedtime much to the displeasure of the younger populace of our humble Victorian castle. It’s not always an 8 o’clock bedtime as sometimes the King and Queen of our humble little kingdom do relent and have mercy for the earnest pleas of the populace that they rule over. However there are those days, when affairs of state and the whining and bickering of the royal offspring creates such a dirge as to demand an early cessation of the vaunted privilege of staying up afforded to these young misses and sirs. Such a sad state of early affairs with pillow covers and stuffed raccoons was not tonight. Tonight was special.
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed"
I Corinthians 15:51
As often as it is requested by young Princesses desirous of as much awake time as possible the plea was made for the King to tell a story after the Bible story was read and prayers were said. The King sadly doesn’t often relinquish of his time to the satisfying of such pleas as he is more want to the telling of stories during daylight hours when left in the royal carriage with the irritable populace of the backseat occupants clamoring for the Queen to return from whatever has engaged her ungainfully long within the places that merchants call home and which we are encamped against as if in siege. Those are the times that I tell my Sleepy-Lazy-One Eyed Tiger stories, but that was not the case tonight.
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."
I Corinthians 15:52
Tonight was a story of beautiful Princesses fallen asleep in a strong tower while outside in the darkness fallen Knights conspired to drive three dragons, who had forgotten the source of their creation into attacking and killing all that was good and right in the lives of the two princesses so fair. It was a good story. The dragons attacked, but they could not break through. Not because they lacked the strength to smash through stone castle walls or shatter mere panes of glass with their flaming breadth, but rather because the Master of their creation was present to hold back the desires of their fallen masters.
"For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality."
I Corinthians 15:53
Such it often is in life and so often it seems as if the dangers all around us are not seen for what they are because we’re asleep, so content we are in the fortresses that we build around us, but truly we are defenseless against those who would kill and destroy all that we hold dear in this life. If it weren’t for God there would be nothing good left in this world for it has only been by His good mercies and saving Grace that has stemmed the tide against humanities downfall to the ravening beasts pawing at the windows of our souls in search of a meal to feed their monstrous and eternally dammed appetites.
"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."
I Corinthians 15:54
In the conclusion of my story the dragons although they beat and waged war against the tower to get at the prize held within, they could not get through. Not because of strong stones or magical spells, but because the lives within were consecrated to Him who both formed humans, angels, and all divinely appointed kinds. The strength to resist evil does not reside in one’s own abilities or sense of self-worth. The strength to resist is a gift from the One who gave us the immortal spark of our souls and the first breadth that our dirt formed bodies ever received. So many people the world wide are seeking endlessly in the search of finding themselves, but I submit to you that the ultimate search in life should be one of far far different import. The search for meaning should be rooted on the One who holds it all together and who we can never even begin to fathom the depths of and yet a way has been made for us to do just that. All you have to do is just open your eyes and read what has been written.
"O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
I Corinthians 15:55-57
In the course of my writing my eyes have been opened to many things and I have been shown great mysteries and yet my desire is not to run from the course set before me – to run and fold the hands to sleep – and ignore the monsters outside the windows clamoring to be let in. No, my desire is to walk hand in hand with my Creator to that window and shatter the closed moratoriums of conscious effort that so many hold forth in ignorance as they deny the need for either change in their lives or of the existence of a greater creative force behind all they see and by such actions allow admittance by those who are damned into the corridors that God built to house His glory, but now serve as the dry intermediate waste places of every foul spirit of hell to rollick in and play the fool while what little precious time there still is ticks by never to be seen again.
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."
I Corinthians 15:58
My writing and daily interactions with others will remain rooted in the faithful service of my Master and while the battles are many the rewards are even greater. Nothing around us is pointless and no seemingly random occurrence without its own great complications. God is there caring for us even when we are asleep to all that is going on around us, but it is my prayer and even my hope that as I have awakened to reality so will you, if not from long time before already. As I press on so I pray that you will choose to as well. Now is a time of deception where all that is well and good is fast departing from the realms of man. Take heed now for the last age is fast upon us, the age of the Beast and no one will be left with excuse in the end, but all………….. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty."
It’s never too late, until the day it is. So don’t wait. Get right today with Jesus and approach both tomorrow and eternity with the confidence of knowing your redeemed through Christ and a vessel appointed to glory and not to ruin.