One of the things I’ve noticed about having kids is that it takes us longer and longer to get anywhere. It’s not really about the journey being longer though, but rather about the getting ready taking longer. Going on a trip? Have to pack for five people now. Going out the door? Everyone has to find their shoes and their coats and their hats and their backpacks and their…. Oy!
It’s not always about going places, either. Sometimes, there’s a process for getting ready for company to visit. You have to clean the house, make sure the floor is vacuumed, the cats are put away, the clutter is sorted, and everything is just right for your guest.
Unlike getting ready to go somewhere, however, there’s usually a larger window for a guest’s arrival. Not only do you have to get the house ready, but you need to stay ready because they could be there at any minute. Our parable this week is about being ready for a guest to arrive.
In our story, some virgins are waiting for the bridegroom to appear, but they don’t know the exact arrival time. Some came prepared, but not all of them:
And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Matthew 25:10
Jesus is coming back one day. It would be a lot easier if we knew exactly when that was. To many, it feels like it’s not going to be for a long time still. We continue to live however we want—not ready for His return.
We don’t know the exact day or time, but He will come again. And He’s probably coming sooner than you expect. So what do you do? Let’s focus on being ready. Let’s live as if He’s coming back today so we’re always ready for that day when He arrives and we can join Him at the marriage feast.