“But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Matthew 24: 36
When I was a teenager, I went through a phase of being really keen on the Book of Revelation. I thought I could see the prophecies coming true, and I was convinced that Jesus would return soon. Lots of us go through this kind of phase – sometimes it’s a result of being fed up with our lives, other times, it’s the result of the world being a difficult place. When the first millennium was approaching a thousand years ago, many people thought the world would end, and when the Black Death happened, 600 years ago, people were convinced Christ must be coming soon. But God isn’t bound up in time – he created time. Things will happen throughout history that remind us that this world will eventually come to an end, but absolutely no one knows when that will be. What matters is that we remember that we and the whole of creation have been redeemed, and we will all be renewed when the time is right.
Prayer: Lord, trusting patiently is probably the hardest thing for me. I want to know and to control things. Forgive me, I pray, and help me see clearly what you want me to see and do, here and now. Help me to learn the patient faith that will give me trust and peace. Amen
Action: think about what in your life is making you anxious because you can’t control it. Offer it up to God in prayer.