It’s fair season in LancasterCounty again. Milkshakes, funnel cakes, rides, parades, a chance to see old friends. We enjoy going every year.
When Laurie and I got married, I wanted to impress Laurie with the Lampeter Fair. She was from ChesterCounty and had never gone to a farm fair. Problem was, I had been away for a few years and forgot the schedule. I mistakenly took her on Saturday night although it had ended on Friday night! As we entered the fair grounds, I knew something was wrong. There were no cars in the field. There was no one walking around. The tents were still there but it was a ghost town. It was very eerie. How could I have made such a mistake? We were working a lot of hours back then and we were out of the flow of the community.
Most of us (maybe all of us) have had that rapture moment when we think everyone has been taken away and we missed it. We find ourselves alone and don’t know where everyone went and we get that dreadful feeling that everyone is gone. It is very eerie!
What will it be like on that day? Hollywood continues to pump out their versions of the end times even though they are never centered around Jesus return. It seems like every week there is another apocalyptic story on TV, the movies, or a best seller book. Are you ready? Are you seeing the signs? Or are you too busy and out of the flow of what is happening? Will you be surprised and disappointed or will you be on schedule? This is not meant to induce fear but to encourage all of us to keep our eyes and ears open and watch what is happening around us. The fair won’t go on forever!
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.