I was doing my devotions this morning and I came across a passage I read many times before in Mark. Jesus is speaking to his disciples about the end times and he mentions about war, rumors of war, and also the labor pains of the earth in forms in earthquakes. I remember when all the earthquakes started at the beginning of this year (Haiti, Chile, Turkey, Taiwan, were there others as well?) and I heard some various mentions that it was a sign of the end of the earth. Has anyone ever thought much about that? I know there is always speculations about certain things (I admit, when Obama was first elected I honestly thought he may be the anti-Christ...lol) and there was the Left Behind series and all kind of apocalytpic teachings. But I remember one time someone told me that the end times is not something we should be afraid of, because if we, as Christians, are faithfully praying to God, it will be a joyful time.
Now I'm not saying I believe the earthquakes were a sign, or that like the very charismatic church I used to attend believed we truly are in the last days...but I remember when I was younger, and people would talk about things like this, I'd be like "Please God, just let me get married first before you come back...!" Am I alone in having thoughts like that? Because I feel like its pretty common. I remember in a class I took in college we had to read this book called "Six Dangerous Questions to Transform your View of the World". One quesiton was Do you believe in Heaven? And I was like well of COURSE I believe in heaven! Then right at the beginning of the chapter it talked about people who had stipulations or criteria for when God is "allowed" to come back...and I realized I was one of those people. But I think it is only human...and now that I'm so close to that mark...I still feel really guilty, but i keep thinking that yes we don't know the day, but God please just let me get married in less than 7 months before you decide to come back...!
I know, crazy, and really when the time comes for him to come back, if its in our lifetime, I'm not going to be like "Darn it God, you couldn't just wait for (insert important life event here) to happen?" But in our humanity, we do that...
Anyway, completely random thoughts that I knew I could post here, even if you ladies think I'm crazy now lol.