Some Ordinary Day

  • July 18, 2013
  • #8144

We should look forward to heaven every day, because Jesus could return to earth at any time. Listen to this beautiful poem on Christ’s return.

Welcome to "Joni and Friends" and as always thanks for spending these few minutes with me, because I always enjoy passing on the encouragement—especially when it has to do with heaven. I love the idea of us Christians getting ready for heaven. And Martha Snell Nicholson writes about this. Listen to this beautiful poem. This is how it goes:

Some time, some ordinary day will come,
A day like this, filled to the brim
With ordinary tasks, perhaps so full
That we have little time or thought for Him;
And there will be no hint from silent skies,
No sign, no clash of cymbals, roll of drums,
And yet that ordinary day will be the very day
Before our dear Lord comes!

The day before we lay our burdens down,
And learn instead the strange feel of a crown,
The day before all grieving will be past,
And all tears wiped away at last, at last;
When we shall bid farewell, nor see again
That bittersweet, lifelong companion, Pain,
But through unmerited, unfathomed grace,
Our rapt eyes shall behold our Savior's face!

Oh child of God, awake and work and pray;
That ordinary day may be today,
And yet the setting of tomorrow's sun
Will find a billion souls still here, unwon!

I love this poem because isn’t it true, isn’t it a fact that it’s hard to think that heaven really is on our horizon. One day kind of passes into the next and it all feels so mundane, so ordinary. And heaven (because it is so extraordinary) just doesn’t fit with the flow of our day-to-day routines. But, friend, it is coming soon, and a lot sooner for most of us than we would think. There will be no hint from silent skies, no sign, no clash of cymbals, roll of drums, and yet that ordinary day will be the very day before our dear Lord comes! First Thessalonians chapter 5 says:

“For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.” (1 Thesalonians 5:2-4)

Did you get that? The Bible doesn’t want us to be surprised by that soon and coming day. We are to live as though it were right around the corner, and you know what? It may well be! So let’s not be thinking that any day is ordinary. It’s one day down and one day closer to heaven. Time is short; days are evil; so, friend, let’s make the most of every opportunity God gives us. Let’s tell the Good News to our neighbors; give the Gospel to our co-workers. When it comes time for heaven to burst on the scene, let’s take as many people there as we possibly can. Plus, let’s get our souls prepared for heaven, for everything—absolutely everything—we do down here on earth has a direct bearing, a direct impact on our heavenly joy and worship and service. So let’s look at our sufferings and hardships as that which stretch our soul’s capacity for heaven. Our suffering should enlarge our soul for eternal glories above, reminding us that earth can never keep its promises.

The day before all grieving will be past,
And all tears wiped away at last, at last;
When we shall bid farewell, nor see again
That bittersweet, lifelong companion, Pain,
But through unmerited, unfathomed grace,
Our rapt eyes shall behold our Savior's face!

Oh child of God, awake and work and pray;
That ordinary day may be today.

© Joni and Friends.

 

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