16 For the Lord himself, with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord in the air; and so we will be with the Lord forever.
~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.
~ Mark Twain
Two images came to mind when I read this combination of quotes; one, who among us has not tried to “fly”…off the side of a car, off of a diving board, off the front stoop? And who of us has not played or had a march of his or her own in celebration of a childhood victory?
I can remember trying to be Superman or Supergirl and fly to someone’s rescue who was in danger only to run really fast and pretend I had landed. I can also remember pretending to be the wounded solider rag and all) playing the fife in that famous battle picture of the Revolutionary War, The Spirit of 76 by Archibald Willard, marching in celebration of victory and independence.
Those things were play, and in the instances I was imitating were work for those involved. This brings to mind a picture book which is an amazing wordless story called Tuesday by David Weisner. The frogs are mysteriously lifted, and begin and adventure of flight that they have never experienced before. They are puzzled at first, but embrace the experience.
We have been doing the work and play of reaching heaven since we left there. When we are lifted, I imagine we will have similar expressions to those of the frogs in the second and third frames. I know we will embrace that experience with as much verve as that which we have played. We will rise!
Today, observe the ease with which a dandelion seed rises and is carried by the wind. Yes. Just like that.
I will rise
Because of Him,