Twinkling of an Eye

May 24, 2023 –

Someone characterized the “twinkling of the eye” as the time it takes for light to enter, reach the back of the eye, and be reflected out. Light travels at 186,000 miles per second, so the Twinkle is about one billionth of a second. That’s fast!

I am reminded of three examples of the use of “twinkle.”

The first example is from one of the most beloved nursery lullaby songs, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” The second example comes from “The Night Before Christmas.” “So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, with the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too. And then, in a twinkle, I heard the prancing and pawing of each little hoof on the roof.

The Bible has the third example. St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, “Behold, I tell you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.”

When Jesus returns, it’s over. He appears in a twinkle of the eye. In about one billionth of a second, your everlasting life is determined. He will define your destination. If Jesus is your Savior and Lord, He will take you to Heaven. When the trumpet sounds and the shout from the archangel is heard, Jesus will transport those who have accepted Him as their Savior and Lord to Heaven. It will be too late to surrender your life to the Lord. You have a twinkling moment. And it will be over before you even realize you are exiled from God forever. A time without end!