Scrubbed Due To Clouds
by Keith Vierbicky
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Scrubbed Due To Cloud Cover
My alarm clock went off at 3:55 AM. There was no music, bell, or loud intermittent tone, just a moderate tap on my head from his paw and a soft meow. This morning, no different from many others, I arose and let Max out the door, but instead of crawling back into bed, I went into the den to check on the status of the Space Shuttle launch. It was scheduled to depart from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A at 4:39 AM. I launched Safari and googled NASA. The second link led me to the NASA website, which had a live update popping with posts. People, who made the trip to witness the last night-time launch before the fleet was to be retired, had their cameras on tripods ready to shoot the event, and they were posting comments on the site. NASA TV, streaming live, showed a magnificent picture of Endeavor bathed in spotlights. However, I could hear the STS-130 mission team fretting over the layer of clouds that had blown over Cape Canaveral. As the time for launch neared, they scrubbed the mission due to those clouds. The launch was rescheduled for Monday morning (2/8/10) at 4:14 AM. Hope my alarm has his internal clock ticking on schedule.
Scrubbed Due To Cloud Cover won’t be the headline when Christ returns, for His return involves clouds:
At that time men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. Mark 13:26 NIV
13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. 15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words. 1 Now concerning how and when all this will happen, dear brothers and sisters, we don’t really need to write you. 2 For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night. 3 When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape. 4 But you aren’t in the dark about these things, dear brothers and sisters, and you won’t be surprised when the day of the Lord comes like a thief. 5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 5:1-5 NLT
and there’s no chance His mission will be scrubbed:
9 After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. 10 As they strained to see him rising into heaven, two white-robed men suddenly stood among them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!” Acts 1:9-11 NLT
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.
John 14:1-3 NLT
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