DayBreaks for 3/05/19: Ready Every Day
From the DayBreaks archive February 2009:
Robby Robins was an Air Force pilot during the first Iraq war. After his 300th mission, he was surprised to be given permission to immediately pull his crew together and fly his plane home. They flew across the ocean to Massachusetts and then had a long drive to western Pennsylvania. They drove all night, and when his buddies dropped him off at his driveway just after sun-up, there was a big banner across the garage—”Welcome Home Dad!”
How did they know? No one had called, and the crew themselves hadn’t expected to leave so quickly. Robins relates, “When I walked into the house, the kids, about half dressed for school, screamed, ‘Daddy!’ Susan came running down the hall—she looked terrific—hair fixed, make-up on, and a crisp yellow dress. ‘How did you know?’ I asked.
‘I didn’t,’ she answered through tears of joy. ‘Once we knew the war was over, we knew you’d be home one of these days. We knew you’d try to surprise us, so we were ready every day.'”
In Matthew 25 is the parable of the wise and foolish virgins who were invited to the wedding feast. The wise virgins had enough oil to keep their lamps burning and were ready and waiting when the bridegroom showed up at the feast. The foolish virgins had not exercised the foresight to prepare themselves so they were not ready when the bridegroom arrived.
We need to be ready every day for a variety of things:
FIRST: we need to be ready for the arrival of the bridegroom. It could be today that Jesus gets the word from the Father: “It’s time. Go back and bring My children home!” If that day is today, there is absolutely nothing that will stop it from taking place. No one knows the day, except the Father. Hence the need to always be ready!
SECOND: we need to be ready to die. Jesus may or may not come today…and we may or may not live to see tomorrow. It sounds trite to say it, but it is true. Just recently in our town, a 19 year old boy from a nearby town came here for the yearly Citrus Fair. He was hit by a car and killed. I know he wasn’t expecting it, I can only hope and pray that he was ready.
THIRD: there are opportunities that only come up once in a while and we need to be ready to grasp the opportunities to show the love of Jesus each day even as he demonstrates his love to us daily. Make it a point, right now, to love someone today in a practical way. You might not have the chance again tomorrow.
Prayer: Help us to be watchful, Lord, and ready, for Your return, for our own death, and for the chances that come our way to love others in Your name! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright by 2019 by Galen C. Dalrymple. ><}}}”>