Sunday, June 10, 2007

Revelation 12:1-12

When I saw that today’s reading was in Revelations, my first thought was how in the world did I get here? All of a sudden, I found myself reading at the very end of the Bible and not only at the end of the Bible but reading a passage about the last days. The last few Sunday readings have been in Paul’s teaching passages to churches or co-workers; how did I get to John’s Revelation? I have to confess that the feeling of “how in the world did I get here” is coming to me pretty often these days.

My family and I just finished our spring sports season. The championship games are this week. It seems like we just started practicing a couple of weeks ago. How could the season end so quickly? How in the world did I get here?

I have one child graduating High School and another one about to enter High School. I vividly remember changing their diapers and it seems just like yesterday. How could the time pass so quickly? How in the world did I get here?

People in my workplace are retiring or preparing for retirement. I remember hiring them or bringing them onto my team. Has it already been 20 years? How in the world did I get here?

As I was struggling with the thoughts of advancing time, one particular verse from today’s reading spoke to me:

They overcame him
by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much
as to shrink from death.
(Revelation 12:11)

I’m at a point in my life where I am seeing friends and family members in their last days. I have seen some approach their death with courage and contentment from a life of faith that has been well-lived. I have seen others shrink from death in fear and dread. I don’t want to be one that comes to the end of my days asking, “How in the world did I get here?”

Alan Davenport

No comments: