November 14, 2007
For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them. 1 Thessalonians 5:2-3a
Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet: “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Charles and Linda Everson would agree.
What, you don’t know Charles and Linda? I’m surprised. They are pretty close to being celebrities. Charles and Linda Everson were celebrating their first-wedding anniversary. The little-more-than-newlyweds had traveled from Westland, Michigan, to Manson, Washington. Having spent the day taking in all the sights, they were in their minivan traveling back to their hotel.
That’s when the 600-pound cow fell on the hood of their minivan. Yes, you’ve got that right. A cow fell on their minivan. The cow, which had been reported missing from a local farm, fell off a 200-foot cliff and landed on the Everson vehicle. Mr. Everson never saw the cow coming, and he really didn’t know what to make of the disaster until he had gotten out of the vehicle and took inventory of what had happened. For those of you who are wondering, the cow passed away; the van is in critical condition, and the Eversons were examined at a nearby hospital and released.
Arnold Baker, a local fire chief, said the couple missed being killed by a matter of inches, while Mr. Everson kept saying, “I don’t believe this. I don’t believe this.” Who would? Nobody would ever think a cow would fall out of the sky and crush his or her vehicle –just like most folks don’t think Jesus is coming back to judge the world.
But He will. It’ll happen when people are saying, “Judgment Day is never coming; Christ’s return is just a figment from the imaginations of some overly-religious writers.” It’s then, when people are thinking, “Things sure seem pretty peaceful and secure”, Jesus is going to show up. And, unlike the Eversons, nobody is going to escape by a matter of inches. Jesus is going to return, and His coming is going to be good news for some and bad news for others.
Between now, and that unknown hour of judgment, Jesus has entrusted us with the task of sharing His story of salvation with as many people as possible. Why? He wants to move people from the group of the lost into the company of the saved.
To make Jesus’ wish a reality, won’t you please tell somebody about the Savior today? Why? The Eversons can tell you better than I: a person just never knows what is going to happen. Why? A cow might fall from the sky, or Jesus might return. And while we can’t prepare for the former, we can be ready for the latter.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, help us, while there still is time, to share Your story whenever we can with whomever we can, as often as we can. In Your Name we ask it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries