Please bear with me. I hardly know where to start with this. I only know what I feel in the Deep Heart of my Soul. Also, please bear with me in that much of what I say comes from the perspective of my Mormon heritage, yet, it is still a message for all those who wish to Hear.
It is said that in the last days before the return of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, horrible things will happen in the world; not just natural calamities such as earthquakes, but that there will be blood in the water, and great terrible wars fought, and other horrifying dehumanizing things. Basically the worst of the worst of things are said to happen, which sounds insane considering what is in our history. It's called the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord, because it's going to be horrendously awful. Worse still, it is said to be inevitable.
Every Christian knows this.
Everyone touched by some sort of apocalyptic prophecy according to their belief system knows this.
How incomprehensibly horrible it will be, and the righteous will be saved, praise be!
And then, then I hear prayers that ask God to speed up the coming of the Lord. I hear this especially when good people are trying their best but they are tired. I hear it now, in variant forms, and I wonder, is this what is meant by scripture that says that in the last days people's hearts will fail them? Because, what an awful, selfish, uncompassionate, mean-arsed prayer to say.
You believe it is inevitable that man-made tragedies are going to happen and you are praying for them to happen FASTER just so you can "be saved" and get out of the world you are in. Wow. Do you see how cruel a prayer that is? What about those who aren't ready for it yet!? What about the people who need a little more time to complete their missions here on Earth? It is also a condemnation of yourself, that you can't handle the world you agreed to live in!
What if, instead, you were to pray to God to ask for your Heart to be strengthened? What if you actively made the choice to do something different to help mitigate the horrors of man-made end times?
You heard me right. Oh yes. Let's do something different. Man made end times are just that, man made. And since they are man made, it means that all of humanity, each and every one of us, has the power to choose something different.
With every prophecy there is a choice. It is an "if this then that" proposition. IF you don't repent, THEN these bad things will happen. However IF you repent, THEN these good things will happen.
We can herald the coming of the Lord by having our shiznit together! By sharing this world together in more and more Christlike ways, where we all actually take care of each other, where we don't judge differences, but celebrate them. The way we are now, it's like the hands are hating the feet, the brain hating the heart, the organs hating the abdomen, despite all parts being part of the one organism, one body.
There are things we can do to change the course we have set. We can delight the Lord, and ourselves, by cleaning up the mess we have made.
Stop praying for Jesus to get over here faster.
Start praying for how you can make life on Earth better for everyone
Start praying for more time so we can have the time we need to make it better.
Start praying for strengthened Hearts so our Hearts won't fail us, but be made strong in Light and Truth and Love, so we can make it better.
With every prophecy there is a choice.
What will you choose?
-To herald the coming of the Lord with a ravaged garden?
-Or to herald the coming of the Lord with a garden flourishing with all manner of life?
The more of us who choose the latter, in thought, word, and deed, the more likely the latter will be realized. It is the only Christlike thing to do.