After a five day fishing trip, the ship approached the shore. The crew peeked out eagerly to find their loved ones among the crowd. The captain held his binoculars and said, “I see a group of ladies looking fervently at the ships: Miriam Tony, Nancy Peter, Margaret Andrew and Lucy Stephan.”
However, one of the crewmembers was very upset when the captain failed to mention his wife’s name because she was not among the group. As soon as they reached the shore, he hurried to his house and felt relieved upon seeing the light in the window. He opened the door to find his wife approaching him quickly saying, “I've been waiting for you!”
“You were waiting for me. However, you weren’t watching for my arrival like my colleagues’ wives,” he told her.
Christ will not come in fishing ships with friends, but on the clouds with His angels looking forward to meeting you. He sacrificed His life to find you and let you share with Him His glory. He likes to see you longing to meet with Him anytime He is joyfully expecting you to meet Him face to face.
Many people wait for Jesus Christ on a mental level with no internal yearning towards Him. However, those who are spiritual in nature watch for His coming and dash to meet with Him.
He left His Father to meet us. Likewise, we watch for His arrival. Jesus says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when He comes, will find watching” (Luke 12.37).
(1) Green, Michael P. Illustrations for Biblical Preaching. Baker Book House. 50.
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