I laughed hard when my pastor began his sermon with a funny story. He told us that he drove past the church during the week and noticed the parking lot full of cars. For the life of him he couldn’t remember any event scheduled there for that time and racked his brain to figure it out. He joked that maybe he missed an awesome time of worship or something and maybe the Lord came back for everyone except him? He found a place to park and walked over to someone asking if they knew what all the excitement was about in our church parking lot. He learned all the folks were looking for Pokémon.
Simply, Pokémon Go is a video game that links to your phone’s GPS so you can play the game with other players. The purpose, if I understand it, is to connect with these people and find Pokémon in the game.
Our pastor’s funny story brought to mind an old memory.
My husband returned home late one afternoon from a company trip. He encountered too much stress at the airport and told me he didn’t want to attend our weekly prayer meeting that night. However, the meeting took place in our home! He hunkered down with the kids, then very young, in their room and I led the group. When the last person left our house, I checked on my sleeping children and worn out husband. I laughed when he asked about “the break.” He didn’t understand the silence after he heard our voices singing praise songs. He wondered if we were taken up and he remained left behind to raise the kids by himself.
I will never forget how the Holy Spirit fell on our group for those ten minutes that night. We couldn’t speak if we wanted to. God moved individually in our hearts and we knew he held us in his loving arms.
Scripture promises that one day Jesus will appear in the clouds and the church will rise with Him. Who will be taken up with Jesus? It will be those that are taken up with Him now!
I’m not looking for Pokémon. But I am looking for Jesus.
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 1 Thess 4: 16, 17