“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
“Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door. Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Balloons are a big hit around our house. Balloons we blow up with our own breath, helium balloons, fun shaped balloons…no matter what their color or shape or the occasion, everyone is excited about them. That is, until they pop. …Unless they’re water balloons, because it’s fun to burst those!
We always remind our kids, through the tears and mourning of their balloon popping, that nothing is guaranteed to last in this world forever. Balloons come and go. Cars come and go. Toys come and go. Shoes come and go. Houses and jobs come and go. Even people come and go. Someday even we won’t be here and that is why it is so important for us to press into the things of God and to live everyday like it could be our last.
The only thing that stands when everything else fades away is God and His word. Just like our kids’ balloons only last so long before they pop, we only have so much time here on this Earth. How can we live today like our “balloon” could be popped at any moment?