The Surprise Visit

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He was a lot taller than the Sergeant walking right behind him. I just walked in few minutes earlier and started filing away charts to help the medical secretaries, since I couldn’t find any seat yet in each of the computer station, as PM shift neared its end.

The Infirmary Deputy popped open the security door and he came in, beaming with a big smile and with a loud voice, greeted “Hello!” to everyone. Everyone was fazed.

“Who is he?” asked one of the nurses, while the look on everyone’s face was filled with curiosity, some with the threatening return gesture of ignorance and coldness to someone not familiar to them. He shook the hands of a co-worker near where I was.

“How are you, Sir?” I smiled back even if I didn’t recognize him. But I didn’t give my hands though he anticipated for me to approach him and would do so.

“I’m great! I hope you guys are, too!” he replied back with an even wider smile.

“Who are you? We don’t know you!” courageously asked one of my co-workers.

“I’m Mr. ___,” he replied, as if he was just a regular guy who happened to decide one night to visit the prison.

The curious eyes tried to look for the stripes on his shirt. There were none. And off he went to see the deputy in the back. As everyone continued to wonder who this mysterious visitor was.

As one nurse opened the pictures of the higher-ranking officials, she excitedly pointed at this man’s picture:

“There he is! Oh, my God! He is one of those top officials, right below the Sheriff!!! No wonder, it seemed like he was familiar to me somehow,” she exclaimed.

“It’s a good thing we are busy and I’m not surfing the net!” exclaimed the other.

I just smiled. I knew I didn’t have to worry about anything, whether we get surprise visits or not. I will do the same tasks, whether there’s a boss or not around…

How about you? Are you ready when Jesus comes back for a surprise visit? No one knows when it is going to be. But those who trust and believe in him and obey Him have nothing to worry about. But for those who have rejected Him, His surprise return would be terrible!   

“See, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me, to repay all according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
- Revelation 22:12-13 

“And I saw a great white throne, and I saw the one who was sitting on it. The earth and the sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to the things written in the books, according to what they had done. The sea gave up the dead in it, and death and the grave gave up the dead in them. They were all judged according to their deeds. And death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death - the lake of fire. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.” -  Revelation 20:11-15

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas.” - Hebrews 13:8,9

“And in human form he obediently humbled himself even further by dying a criminal’s death on a cross. Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” - Philippians 2:8-10


9 comments:

  1. Love this post. Sometimes I wonder in the hustle and bustle of our days, if we would notice Him slip by. He will come as a thief in the night... will we be ready? I often imagine the joy of this happening in our lifetimes-- how incredible it will truly be!

    A great thing to think about this afternoon!

    Love, Lou

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  2. Amen, Sister. I read this warning from Jesus in Luke 12:35-48 just last night. We have to be ready at all times. I ask for such a deep faith that I will know my Lord when he arrives. And will rejoice, not panic because I'm unprepared with no oil in my lamp. Thanks for this deep post. Love and blessings, Jo

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  3. This is such a great post! I have been so rushed and often not having all I need as I enter into meetings for this weekend and I have thought about this very thing! I want to be ready, prepared and aware the my Jesus when HE returns because nothing else in this world matters but that moment!

    Love you Rosel! (no matter your age LOL) You always brings me JOY and bless me with your friendship!

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  4. Ha, great connection my friend! I pray I am ready for the Lord's return!

    Love & hugs!
    Beth

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  5. My sweet sister Rosel what a happy day that will be when we rise up together to our Father.
    I love you.
    Blessings,
    Bren

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  6. Really enjoyed this post, bless you sis.

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  7. Hey Rosel! Great post......I'm ready, waiting, looking, anticipating His soon return with you!!! Oh what a day that will be!!! Hallelujah!!

    Today could be the day!!

    Love and Hugs! : ))
    Jackie

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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