Hurricanes happen down here in Florida. they just do. This last week has be a little worrisome for all of us. With the mention of an uninvited guest, most of the state went into panic mode to prepare for Irma. People desperate for gas, water, canned goods and anything else they might need to prepare for her arrival. This is the thought that keeps crossing my mind; hurricane season comes EVERY year. It runs June 1st through November 30th. If you live down my way, EVERY year the news announces it and suggests that you put all supplies in place so that you’ll be prepared and avoid all the mayhem that is in our stores at the moment.
Some people are smart. My sister Mary, for example; she’s had a full hurricane supply since June 1. Water, batteries, food, even a brand new toy, she bought last Christmas, to pull out for her daughter to keep her occupied. Right now, she’s cool as a cumber. Me? I was kinda ready. I had most things, but not everything. So, like a lot of people I had to fill in the gaps. It took some work but I’m ready for the storm.
Most people, however, don’t prepare. Instead, they count on this being the year that nothing happens. Then, when they see a whopper coming, they panic. In the middle of all of this, I’m reminded of the parable of the ten virgins, who knew the groom was coming and didn’t prepare with enough oil. They had to go to town to buy more and while they were gone, the bridegroom came and they were locked out.
Hmm. Am I ready for the Lords return? Or… am I just cruising along, hoping that this year he doesn’t come? Hmm… Am I prepared? Do I have enough oil in my lamp? With the example I see before me of human nature, mine in particular, I probably don’t.
Thanks Lord, for the “heads up.” Think I’ll start preparing.
Is your lamp trimmed and burning? Think hard.
Matthew 25; 1-13 (NIV)
25 “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’
7 “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
9 “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.