"You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected.” Luke 12:40
Kids are so great.
When they're super small, you can spend hours playing Peek-a-Boo with them. No matter how many times you do it, their eyes light up, filled with wonder and joy, and they belly-laugh as though it is the very first time.
When they're big enough to run around, you can spend hours playing Hide-and-Go-Seek. I always loved being ready in the very best hiding spot before hearing the familiar call, "Ready or not, here I come!"
Then, there's that first time you want to surprise them with something wonderful. You say something like, "Cover your eyes, and no peeking." They get all giddy and giggly. Then, they get so excited they absolutely can't be still--not for anything. Finally, it happens. Curiosity wins, and . . . somebody peeks.
I'm not casting stones, mind you. I was a peeker, too. In fact, at Christmas-time when I was little, I would ask my brother and sister to boost me up on their shoulders to peek in the secret present stack we discovered above our bathroom shower as kids. My mother was wise to us, though, and took to wrapping them very early. Even then, I would sometimes unwrap a corner and peek.
As we grow older, we realize that our peeking ruins the surprise. Though I'll admit, I'm still tempted to peek, sometimes.
The Holy Bible tells us that God has some pretty amazing surprises, too. We encounter them every day in life . . . And, there are even more.
1 Corinthians 2:9b says, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
I don't know about you, but I want to peek! I want to see what Heaven is like! And, the new heavens and new earth talked about (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1)? I want to see those, too!
He's already counting, so we better find our place.
Do you hear the trumpet blast?
Ready or not, here He comes.