Day of the Lord
Talk about having your basic “bad day.” Ashley Swendsen was enjoying a nature stroll on a hiking trail in Colorado Springs. The trail is posted with warnings about possible flash floods, but was no warning about what to do if you meet a bear. That is exactly what happened, and she did exactly what you aren't supposed to do-- she RAN. The bear actually chased her for about 20 seconds and got as close as a couple of feet until Swendsen made it out to a street… where she was promptly hit by a passing car! Yep, she outran a bear but she couldn’t outrun a Chevy. Thankfully, the car wasn’t going too fast, but she was bounced over the hood. The bear ran off one way and the car drove off another. Swendsen survived her adventure; BTW, she is also 6 months pregnant. She says that their child’s middle name will be “Bear.” Officials hunted down the bear and killed it; they are currently hunting down the hit-and-run driver.
When I read that story, I couldn’t help but think of Amos 5:18-19. Amos is warning those Israelites who were looking forward to the coming Day of the Lord. In the OT, the Day of the Lord was that time in time when God would judge a nation and bring it down. Israel thought that meant its enemies would be destroyed, so many Israelites looked forward to that time. Amos warned them that when God came in judgment, it would be to judge them—
18 Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD!
Why do you long for the day of the LORD?
That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall
only to have a snake bite him.
There was to be no escape from God’s judgment. It would be like you were running from a lion only to run smack dab into a bear. And then somehow you escape from the bear only to rest your hand on the wall in your house (whew!) and be bitten by a snake. When God comes for you, there is no escape. And when God judges, He judges us all.