Saturday Morning when the children were younger, I received a telephone call. When I answered, the voice on the other end frantically asked if my children were home? The elderly woman lives 2 hours away.
I said, “yes.”
She said, Are you sure?”
“Where are they? “
“They are right here in the living room and kitchen playing with friends.”
“Can you see them?”
“Well, I cannot find my husband and when I called the preacher, he wasn’t home. I was afraid that the rapture took place, and I did not make it! Since the children are there and you can see them, I don’t think it took place yet, do you?”
“No, no I don’t think Jesus has come.” My heart dropped and was saddened by the fear expressed in her tone. She professed to be a long-time believer in Christ. “What is there in your heart that would make you feel like you are not ready for Jesus to come?”
“Oh, I don’t know!”
We prayed together that morning, and she expressed belief in Christ, but she has carried a fear in her heart for years. Jesus longs to have our hearts, lives, and fears.
Samuel Logan Brengle states, “Do you want this experience? If you have it, rejoice and praise God for it. Don’t merely keep on seeking it or you will get into darkness but go to thanking God for it and testifying of it to others. But if you do not have it, give yourself up fully to God right now, ask for it, believe for it, and if it does not come at once, patiently, and expectantly wait for it. Expect It, expect it, expect it! He gives His people ‘an expected end.”
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”