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Topic: Embarrassment (01/12/12)
- TITLE: Imagine
By Ennis Smith
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Imagine my shame, at Jesus loading the bus with believers from around the world, only to hold me off to the side. “I’m sorry,” he says. “I do not know you.”
Imagine the pain in my heart as I watch that enormous bus shut the doors, while I stand outside frantically pleading for mercy. I see my wife and children all staring at me through crystal clear glass windows. My youngest son is waving goodbye, with tears in his eyes.
Imagine my panic as I realize the depth of what’s happening before my eyes. As the bus slowly ascends into the clouds, I cry out for another chance to get it right. I yell for the Lord to wait for me.
Imagine my anger as I scream into the heavens, desperately trying to reason with God. “I read my Bible verse every day! I give a dollar to the homeless at least twice a month! I tythe when I receive overtime every other month! I go to church at least three times a year! I’m a good person!”
Imagine my denial, as I convince myself this is all just a dream. I’ve still got time to commit to the Lord. I’ll wake up in my bed any minute now, and find everything and everyone where they should be, in my life.
Imagine my surprise, as I wake to find my wife’s empty nightgown under the covers next to me; her wedding ring, dental fillings and necklace draped across the dented pillow. My children’s beds are empty, save for their own bed clothing. Even my Alaskan Malamute is gone. Outside, I hear screams as neighbors awaken to missing family members of their own.
Imagine my clarity, as I realize the dream was everything but. He came…and I waited too late to change.
Imagine you were me. Would you be ready?
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