Waiting for a special event can be exciting, but it can also be very trying. Every parent knows the sound of that persistent little voice asking, “Is it time yet?” “Is it time yet?”
What are you waiting for? If it’s something good, there is probably a little bubble of excitement bouncing around inside you. If you are not sure what is coming, there may be a bit of anxiety nibbling away at your peace of mind.
A few months ago, my nephew and his family came from Germany to see me. The last time I saw Tony he was seventeen years old – just a boy. That was twenty-five years ago. Now he was married with a four-year-old son.
I was excited at the prospect of this visit, but I was also a bit uneasy. Tony and I had exchanged a few phone calls and Christmas Cards through the years, but I really didn’t know this man, my nephew.
With great care and precision, I made all the necessary preparations for my guests. The house was shining, and so was I. The beds had been changed. There was new soap and fluffy towels in the bathroom. The pantry was stocked and meals planned. I did everything possible to get ready, and my guests did, too.
I was standing on my sidewalk when the car pulled up. Immediately the back window opened.
Little Jay, the four-year-old son, stuck his head out the window and yelled, “Aunt Faye, you’re my Great Aunt Faye. You’re my Grandpa’s sister.” Someone had thoroughly prepared this baby for our meeting. Though he had never seen me, he was free and generous with his hugs and kisses for this old aunt.
In that moment, all anxiety evaporated. We were family and our time together was flawless.
I’m glad I worked hard. I am glad I was prepared for this visit.
Preparation is important. It is necessary for almost everything in life.
In the beginning days of my ministry, I worked a great deal with children. If you have ever had the privilege of ministering to kids, you know that preparation is the difference between success and total chaos.
I used to suffer these terrible nightmares. I stood on the platform half clothed, in front of hundreds of out of control kids. The pianist hadn’t shown up, my visuals were still backstage, the projector was inoperable, and the puppets were nowhere to be found.
It was so real I could feel my heart thumping, and I woke up in a cold sweat determined that this would never happen to me.
Preparation was the key.
We expend an enormous amount of time, energy, and money preparing for a plethora things and events while many of us totally neglect the most important aspect of our life – that is our eternity, our life after this life.
If you ever visit the rotunda of the Library of Congress, you will see a series of plaques above the pillars that support the dome. Written on these plaques are gold lettered quotes. One plaque reads: “One God, one law, and element, and one far-off event to which the whole creation moves.”
These words are from the epilogue to Alfred Lord Tennyson’s “In Memoriam.” The Poet is thinking about the brevity of this life and the inevitable end of the world as we know it. Tennyson reminds us that our world is moving toward one God-ordained event that will bring history to a close.
Though this thought may be disturbing to some, we need not fear the future, for God has given us detailed instructions, so that we may be prepared for this end time event.
Jesus is coming!
In Revelation 3:11 and 22:20, Jesus Himself tells us he is coming. First, he says, “Behold! I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” Then He tells us again, “…Surely I am coming quickly…” He really wants us to know.
The fact is, no one knows when Christ is coming. Matthew 24:44 says, “…you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
How do I prepare for His coming?
First: I must be sure that Jesus is my Savior, that I have surrendered my life to Him.
Second: Hebrews 12:1 tells me that I must get rid of everything that hinders me and live according to God’s plan.
Third: I must keep my eyes on Jesus. He is my example.
Fourth: I must be watchful. Matthew 24:42 says, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.”
I WANT TO BE READY!
BUT—REMEMBER , until He comes, THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW.