My characters in Fever Season had been able to foresee, for a long time, the menacing clouds of the coming war. One was instigating war, some were professional soldiers: others volunteered and were wounded or died in a cause they likely knew was hopeless.
The Tollivers who stayed home did their best to prepare for it’s unavoidable arrival to their front yard.
I have a vivid recollection of the first time I saw a dust storm. I was a little girl in Dallas standing in the sunshine of my front yard. To the West, in the distance, I could see an ominous wall of yellowish, moldy, green-black clouds roiling towards me on rising winds.
It was ugly. It was unstoppable. It was coming. This gigantic dust storm would soon cover everything in its wake with blistering grit and permeating filth. The dust storm made a lasting impression and was hypnotic in it’s darkness.
I don’t think I’m alone when I confess to experiencing that same feeling today. It isn’t exactly fear; but a strange excitement building. That thrum of tension in the core as if I had caught a strong whiff of woodsmoke and wondered at it’s source. Fight or flight hormones begin to kick in while assessing the severity of a possibly dangerous and fluid situation. I can feel those rising winds. I can sense the coming change and now there is a wall of darkness forming on the horizon line.
None of us should be able to watch the news anymore without recognition that Biblical Prophecy is lining up and being fulfilled nightly: Blood Moons rising, Middle East chaos, the return of Jews to Israel, unprecedented world-wide drought, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, famine, huge tornados and weather events. Wars and rumors of wars as we’ve never seen before and unprecedented evil striking out with growing regularity certainly captures one’s attention regarldess of your particular spiritual antenae. However, God’s prophecy clock is ticking whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. ( Matt 24:-3 -14,Matt 25:1-13)
As a Believer and a watcher on the proverbial wall, I will caution readers not to react in fear. It is our faithful response to these coming events that is critical. Awareness of all these alarming, signalling events is important, but should in no way be our focus. Never focus on darkness. ( John 1:4-5)
We are privileged to be chosen as actors on this end-time stage. We have an important job ahead of us. We must be sure that there is oil in our lamps against the coming night. It is always a good idea to be well -prepared for coming darkness so that we won’t need to be distracted or troubled by it when it arrives.( Ephesians 5:16)
Our challenge, our focus, our goal must be to get the Master’s harvest brought in before the storm hits.( John 4:35) Redeem the time. We must not yield to the impulse to hunker down in fear, holding on by a raggedy thread, until Jesus returns for his Bride.
What do you see from your spot on the wall and what is your reaction to the rising winds?