In the Twinkling of an Eye
On my way home from class this evening I saw an amazing sight. It was a full drama that happened in an instant. Just before a moth smashed into my windshield, a bat, like lightning, shot straight at me, snagged the moth and swooped up with the air current over the top of the car. Phew. It was over before I realized what I had just seen.
For one thing that poor moth was doomed. Either I was going to smash it or better yet for the environment the bat got a meal. It’s a dangerous world out there. I instantly remembered I Peter 5:8. “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Without the full armor of God (see Ephesians 6) we are as vulnerable as that moth. Satan will get us one way or another.
Secondly I remembered I Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” How very exciting to realize just how quickly it will happen. That is because God is so anxious to have us safe and whole again. Right now He is coping with salvation, right vs. wrong, free will vs. God’s control, philosophical and theological issues. But we can be sure the instant everything is resolved and the entire universe is safe from ever again being deceived, that twinkling of an eye will happen. Suffering pains Him so. Like any loving parent He will do everything possible to bring comfort to His children. He will not linger. It will be faster than a bat eating a moth.