This morning one of my favorite church singers sang The Midnight Cry. I wish I could find a video of him singing it because it is unlike any other I’ve ever heard.
As Robert sang the words,
When Jesus steps out
on a cloud to call His children
the dead in Christ shall rise
to meet Him in the air
and then those that remain
shall be quickly changed
at the midnight cry
when Jesus comes again
I had an incredible time of rejoicing remembering my dad –
There was a time when my soul ached for my dad. I prayed for his salvation for many years and asked the Lord over and over and over to send someone to share the gospel with him. I believed because my dad never made a profession of faith that God never sent someone to share Jesus with him.
My how I was mistaken.
During the hours we had with dad prior to him passing away, he had a visitor.
That visitor, as he put it, came to “share the gospel with him one more time“.
As soon as the visitor said those words, God whispered to my heart, “You thought I wasn’t working because you couldn’t SEE me working, but in reality I (God) was working all along.”
The reality is, I doubted God was at work because there was no proof of answered prayer.
I learned in that moment that just because I don’t have the evidence of an answered prayer, doesn’t mean God hasn’t answered or that He is not orchestrating events to answer a prayer for such a time as this.
So this morning, I no longer mourned for a dad that would have been left to “quickly change at the midnight cry,” (had he been alive when Christ returns) but instead – I rejoiced and praised God for answering the prayers of my heart and bringing my dad to salvation just hours before he passed away knowing that when “Jesus steps out on a cloud to call His children, the dead in Christ shall rise to meet Him in the air” and among those – will be my dad. And my oh my, I just had to shout and give God the praise.
I look forward to seeing him one day.
This daughter, is eternally grateful for answered prayers.
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
I Thessalonians 4:16