An Eerie Feeling

Yesterday’s Journey Through Scripture Readings
Leviticus 4-5; Matthew 24:29-51

Well, it would seem that I am over 24 hours behind on my blog. It has been a long week and last night I was exhausted and went to bed without writing my daily post. For those of you who are following the Journey Through Scripture Readings, my apologies for giving you two days readings in one day (I will post the actual Friday reading later today).

I also realized when I started preparing this, that Tuesday night when I wrote Wednesday’s post, for some reason I picked up the wrong passage for my writing. Sorry about that too. Oh well, it wasn’t the first mistake I made this week and since it isn’t Saturday night at 11:59, I feel pretty certain it won’t be my last. Anyway, with all the explanation done, here we go.

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29 “Now immediately after the suffering of that time the sun will become dark, and the moon won’t give its light. The stars will fall from the sky and the planets and other heavenly bodies will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Human One will appear in the sky. At that time all the tribes of the earth will be full of sadness, and they will see the Human One coming in the heavenly clouds with power and great splendor.31 He will send his angels with the sound of a great trumpet, and they will gather his chosen ones from the four corners of the earth, from one end of the sky to the other (Matthew 24:29-31, Common English Bible).

Walking outside on a pitch black night is such an eerie feeling. When you walk and it is so dark you can’t see your hand in front of your face I don’t think it is possible (though I could be wrong) to not have a bit of queasiness going on in the pit of your stomach.

At the very least it has to be a walk through the woods where the forest canopy blocks out all signs of stars in the sky. Another possibility would be total cloud cover.

When Hurricane Alicia came through the Houston Metro area in 1983 I had one of those feelings. Sure, a Hurricane can generate those eerie feelings all by itself. Even sitting in the house, listening to the wind howl can be pretty spooky.

That night in late August 1983, I stood in the doorway of my parent’s house with my four-year-old son beside me, we watched as the eye of the storm passed by. There was enough cloud cover we couldn’t see the stars but at the same time, everything was almost completely still. And, it was dark. It was eerie, spooky. It wasn’t like some horror movie or anything like that. It was just completely still when just minutes before it had been driving rain and tremendous wind.

A few years before, while I was in the Navy, I remember walking out onto the bridge of my ship on a moonless night. It was so dark. When I and a few other guys were walking out onto the weather deck trying to make our way to the signal bridge, we were greeted by a member of the watch who was going off duty. He was holding a flashlight with a red lens (In the Navy, at sea, you never have a white light on a weather deck). He knew how dark it was and he wanted to make sure we arrived on watch safely. Don’t take it that he was a nice guy, he just wanted to make sure he was relieved on time. Just kidding. It was a dark, dark night. The only thing that blocked out some of that eerie feeling were the stars, lots and lots of stars.

Imagine that same moonless night but as you look at the sky you see, not “shooting stars” but stars falling from the sky, perhaps a few at a time until they are all gone. The moon would go dark too because the sun, a star, would fall from the sky as well. It would be an endless night of darkness. The sun would never rise. It, being a star as well, would have fallen from the sky. It would be a feeling of eeriness that perhaps we might feel would never leave.

Such is what Jesus tells us things will be like that when he arrives. The stars will fall and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.

As I sit and think on this, it seems to me that such a feeling might be what we all could feel when we begin our journey from this life on earth to the life triumphant. Let me say here, I have not had a near-death experience. I don’t know what it might be like. What I write this night could be totally off base.

But still, we fall into that eternal (by earthly means) sleep. We experience a darkness around us and then we see Jesus, the Light of the World. Any feeling of eerieness is gone. Perhaps there had been a lingering doubt, but that too is gone. We know we are in the presence of the Christ. Could there be a better feeling than this?

Just my thoughts. I would love to hear yours.

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

 

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I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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