READ Luke 21:25-28
The last year has taught me to love nature. For some, this isn’t something that has to be learned, but for me it was a necessary process. I grew up in the Midwest, and throughout my childhood loved to climb the apple trees and traipse through the corn fields. But my early adult life took me to Chicago. There, I fell in love with skyscrapers, little coffee shops, and the hum of busy streets. I moved from city to city after that, always ducking inside local flower shops and tea houses, and hardly noticing the lack of grassy hills on the horizon. But, in time, the Lord saw fit to bring Austin and me to Colorado. Slowly but surely, my heart melted into a love of nature. Like a slow but persistent thaw, each hike, each peak, each stream that let us wander through her waters, my heart tethered itself to nature once again.
Today’s text stands as a reminder to us that the Lord is at work in nature. The creative power that humanity possesses – the power that we wield when we construct, build, excavate, and pave over the earth – can birth a forgetfulness of this profound theological reality. The Lord is at work in nature. What is more, the Lord loves the creation that He is at work within.
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (Luke 21:25-26)
Mankind will not be alone is the darkness of the final days. The earth itself will shudder. The oceans will hurl themselves back and forth in confusion and the constant horizon of the heavens will be shaken. The earth will feel the rumblings of this shift in redemptive history. Together with the people she houses, the earth will writhe.
And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:27-28)
What do all these signs in nature lead to?
And all this writhing, turmoil, and pain will point to the coming of our King! Just when it seems like the heavens cannot take it anymore, they will split open and reveal the Son of Man coming again! These signs on the earth are the contractions (or, birth pains) that the great promises of God are about to break into our world: the King is on His way!
Spend some time thanking God for how He reveals Himself in His creation. Thank Him that His Kingdom is on its way.