DayBreaks for 6/22/16 – The Appointed Hour
From the DayBreaks archive, June 2006:
A former Navy man told this story:
“Most Friday nights at the Naval Station in Bermuda, we would assemble at the officer’s club after work. One Friday, Rick, a newly married ensign, insisted he had to leave at 6 p.m. We all tried to talk him into staying, but he’d promised his bride he’d be home by six. I offered to call home for Rick.
“When his wife answered the phone, I said, “Rick has been kidnapped. Put five dollars in small, unmarked bills in a plain brown bag and throw it in the door of the officer’s club.” I then hung up.
“A short time later, a waiter brought a grocery bag to our table. In it were Rick’s baseball glove, a tennis racket and a teddy bear. Attached to the bear was a note: ‘Rick can play kidnapped until 7 p.m. Then he must come home.’”
I have to admit, I like the ingenuity of Rick’s wife. She sounds delightful!
I also thought about the story of Hezekiah – who had an appointment with God to “come home.” But after prayer, God granted him more time. There was still a “coming home” time that was set and which needed to be followed, but God was gracious.
Whether we like to think about it or not, we all have an appointed rendezvous with God. When that time comes, like Rick, we “must come home.” I’m sure that Rick thought about it as the time approached.
How much are you and I thinking about our going home?
PRAYER: Thank you for the very gift of life. Thank you for the length of our days – however long or short that number may be. Help us live this day in the light of eternity, and help us to be ready to come home at our appointed hour. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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