When I was a kid in Florida, I did a little bit of surfing. It was pretty cool and relaxing once you got on the other side of the breakers. One could just sit there and gently float on the rolling swells that would slowly lift you up, and then as though you were a feather on a down draft glide down into the swirl of drafting water building for the next swell. At the bottom of the building rolls of water, there is a moment where all is calm. One can see Gulls diving headlong into the gathering schools of bait fish; gliding Pelicans running the tips of already breaking waves towards the shoreline. No surprise at all to see the smile of the Porpoise breaching his nose through the water to see you as his companion from another world. This is a surreal moment of captured distractions; this is the moment you realize you’re about to be caught up in something that will take you to a higher view.
The rush of drawing water from the shore gives an alert that a wave is building in the back view of your sights. Your feet are pulled backwards by the force of undercurrents rushing to their appointed place. A backward glance gives notice that a large wave is building and whether you are ready or not, by its sheer power it's going catch you up and take you up to its pinnacle. The rush of your senses explodes as though you are on a liquid elevator rising into space; no walls, no floor, no ceilings, just freedom. This is what it feels like to be caught up in something larger than you!
Paul speaks of the day that Jesus will make His glorious return, and those on earth will be “caught up” to meet Him in the sky.
1 Thessalonians 4:17
After that, we who are still alive will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.
I would think by the pure majesty of the moment all of those with Jesus in paradise will have the same capture. In this building wave of glory, all whose bodies in the grave are pulled from the ground swell with His majestic power. Strongholds are washed away from the outrushing currents of His gravitational pull. Everything is caught up in His being! Everything is instantly eroded, except those by grace, He lifts to the top of His glorious wave.
You and I are there. We are being caught up now. The pull of the water is forcing our feet backwards as the moments of our temporary illusions begin to wash past us, drawing our collective attentions to the building wave of Christ's return. If we will be still enough and use our senses, we will begin to feel the rise underneath us lifting as we live day to day. As we recognize our moment in history, our hearts will feel the rush of something very large taking place. We will know we are caught up in Christ right now and on our way to the pinnacle of eternity.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.