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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Spy in the Sky

By Christina Quick
May 16, 2010

Throughout much of history, nations have used spies to uncover one another’s secrets. Spying even took place in Bible times. Moses sent spies into the Promised Land to see what kind of land it was and what kind of people lived there. And Joshua sent spies to Jericho before the big battle.

But in today’s world, spies don’t always have to go into a country to learn secrets. Sometimes they can go over it. Spy planes allow pilots to get a bird’s-eye view of the world. These special planes are equipped with cameras that take pictures of things like military bases and secret weapons.

Spy planes are hard to stop because they go very high and fast. Modern spy planes soar 14 miles above the Earth’s surface. Like astronauts, the pilots of these aircraft must wear spacesuits.

Some spy planes can travel at speeds of 2,000 miles per hour.

Can you think of anything faster than a spy plane? The speed of light is a lot faster! Light travels at about 186,000 miles per second. That’s why light reaches your eyes almost immediately when you flip on a light switch in a dark room.

God’s Word teaches that one day Jesus will return to take Christians to live with Him forever. This event, called the Rapture, will happen very quickly. The Bible says it will take place “in the twinkling of an eye.” In the time it takes light to reach our eyes, we can soar to heaven with Jesus.

Jesus is watching and waiting for the time when He will come to get His followers. He wants us to watch and wait for the Rapture, too. We can get ready for Jesus’ coming by living for Him and telling others about His soon return.

“We will all be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

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