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.