Perhaps Today?


Perhaps Today

It appeared one morning, out of the blue, pinned to the wall to the right of the fireplace in the living room. A scroll-shaped plaque bearing just two words: “Perhaps Today”.

As a 9 year old I wondered; perhaps what today? What a strange plaque.

I asked my mother; “What does the new plaque in the living room mean? Perhaps what today?”

“Perhaps the Lord will come today,” she cheerfully replied, as if it were obvious.

“Oh. Right.”

I could feel my cheeks reddening, both because I hadn’t understood the message, and now because I had.

The words played over in my mind in slow motion. Perhaps today. Perhaps today.

To a young boy like me, who knew the gospel but wasn’t saved, this short, weighty sentence packed a powerful punch. Yet even then, despite the “perhaps today” reality, it would take another 5 full years before I was converted to Christ and ready for the “rapture” – the removal of the church before the judgment of the “great tribulation”.

What about you? Are you ready?

Maybe you are like I was for long time. In denial. Maybe you even pity me. Doesn’t he realise that “last-days fever” grips the world every time there’s a global crisis, only to subside again as quickly as it came? Maybe so, but remember this: though unbelief is a dangerously powerful sedative that keeps most people fast asleep to spiritual realities, God’s Word cannot fail. He will come and, perhaps, today.

I have no idea what happened to the old plaque. That was half a century ago. The swinging sixties came and went. The 1973 oil crisis passed. Events that once seemed hugely significant were soon forgotten. The world moved on. Yet in the midst of our present global pandemic (April 2020) I can’t help wondering if perhaps you have heard the message of the old plaque speaking to you once more…perhaps today.

How gracious of God to give you another nudge, another reminder, another wake-up call. So, “Today, if you will hear his voice, harden not your heart” (Heb 3:7-8).

While it is on your mind, and while you are in the body, I urge you to search the Scriptures, to read God’s Way of Salvation by Alexander Marshall, and to seek the Lord while He may be found. You could also listen to the preaching of the gospel. One message that may help you right now is Salvation Was Completely Different to How I Imagined it Would Be by Eugene Higgins, or why not try Where Will You Spend Eternity? by Andrew Steele?

Michael Penfold
9th April 2020