“The doctrine of the Second Coming teaches us that we do not and cannot know when the world drama will end. The curtain may be rung down at any moment: say, before you have finished reading this paragraph. This seems to some people intolerably frustrating. So many things would be interrupted. Perhaps you were going to get married next month, perhaps you were going to get a raise next week: you may be on the verge of a great scientific discovery; you may be maturing great social and political reforms.
Surely no good and wise God would be so very unreasonable as to cut all this short? Not now, of all moments! But we think thus because we keep assuming that we know the play. We do not know the play. We do not even know whether we are in Act I or Act V. We do not know who are the major and who the minor characters. The Author knows.” (C.S. Lewis)
Only the Author knows.
Though surrounded by those who assume they know the play, and assume they are themselves major and minor characters, we do not, any of us, know what even the next hour may bring. In fact, at our very best, we know very little about anything.
But, Father, you do. You know all. You author all.
And you are to be trusted. You are to be sought. For when sought, you do not withhold from your child what your child needs to navigate the unknown and ever-changing future. You give wisdom and words when wisdom and words are needed.
So no matter the intervening years, give us resolute hearts, readied for the moment when the world drama ends. When the final curtain is rung down, we want to be found faithful, having trusted your Spirit to guide us.
“Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:42-44)
“And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13:11)
Painting: A Corner of the Loge, 1879, by Mary Cassatt