“So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever there is a carcass, there the vultures will gather.
Matthew 24: 26 – 28
When we were little, going out fishing in my uncle’s boat, he would always say ‘look out for the gannets’. Where you could see the gannets diving into the sea was where the fish were, and you could see them for miles, because they would attract all the other birds. In the dry land of the Near East, where an animal dropped dead, you could see the vultures gathering to clear up the carcass, and you could see them for miles. So what Jesus is saying there is very clear. Don’t get misled by people who try to persuade you that Jesus’ return will be a secret, hidden in the wilderness or shut in a private room. When the Lord returns in glory, the whole of creation will see it and know. So don’t worry, don’t get distracted, just focus on doing God’s will here and now in your life. You won’t miss it!
Prayer: Lord God, we can’t know when you’ll return, but we know it won’t be a secret. Help us to trust you through blessings and trials, and help us to patiently tread the path that you set before us, so you will find us ready, whenever you come. Amen
Action: Focus as much as you can on each moment, trying to see what God is teaching you in it.