“THIS IS NOT A BIBLE STORY” by Boyko Kolev
Now tomorrow is the day, May, 21st, 2011 that some have calculated to be the end of the world, the Judgment Day. I myself listen to Jesus who says, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36 NRS). The Apostle Paul echos Christ in saying, “For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2 NRS). We are not meant to know the day or the hour, nor are we to dwell on it and let it consume our thoughts. We are the people of the Living Christ, called to live as people who do not fear death because Christ conquered it for us. Why focus upon our doom when God calls us to celebrate that we are the apple of his eye?
“I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me, hear my words. Wondrously show your steadfast love, O savior of those who seek refuge from their adversaries at your right hand. Guard me as the apple of the eye” (Psalm 17:6-8 NRS).
“For thus said the LORD of hosts (after his glory sent me) regarding the nations that plundered you: Truly, one who touches you touches the apple of my eye” (Zechariah 2:8 NRS).
Instead of cowering in fear, overwhelming yourselves with trepidation, or filling your days with preparation for a day beyond our comprehension, let us live as Christ calls us to live. Let us embody the joy of the Resurrection. Let us sing the praises of our God who bestows upon us the title of “Apple of His Eye.” Let us live each day, from dawn to dusk, praying, studying scripture, worshiping, taking our place in the fellowship of believers, and acting justly to all those we meet so that our lives will be an enduring testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I think you’ll find that more than enough to do and keep you too busy to become obsessed with the day of Judgment.
But, if not, then I give you the words of a great Christian, priest, and theologian, Martin Luther:“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.” That’s the kind of hope we need, the world needs. The hope we have in Jesus Christ. Keep planting, God will keep watering, and faith will keep growing.
God without beginning or end,
You have given us so much,
With just the command that we love you and each other.
Let us cling to the hope we find in your Son.
Prevent earthly obsessions and fears from filling our days,
So that we cannot speak your truth or enact your will,
But, instead, speak of fear, death, and endings.
We are your children of the light, the apple of your eye.
May your message of hope, new life, and new beginnings be in us.
May your words flow forth from our mouths,
Your will move our hands and feet to the good of others,
And your Son be in our heart all of our days.