Ready, or Not?

My best friend in Korea got on a plane to the U.S. today. I had just come in from my morning run, completely dripping wet from today’s 99.9% humidity, when I received her text: “Going through security soon. Hurry!” Yikes! I quickly changed to a dry shirt, herded the kids out the door, and away we went, sprint-walking toward the PAX terminal (there are times not having a car is very inconvenient!). Short-cutting through Turumi Lodge, we realized that one of us had Won, so we jumped into a taxi and the driver, sensing our urgency, sped off to the terminal. As we arrived, friends leaving the building shouted, “hurry, you might just catch them!” Thankfully, we did catch them just before they had to head through security, and were able to say our final (not really final, though—Texas or Bust!) good-byes.

As we took a MUCH more leisurely pace home, it struck me how much this morning’s circumstances relate to the immanent return of Christ. My BEST friend was flying out, and I just followed my usual routine—Bible study, check Facebook, jog—when I should have gotten up early, showered, eaten breakfast and headed to the terminal before she ever had to text! I thought the morning would go completely differently, that they wouldn’t go through security immediately, that we had time to get there later. So I wasn’t ready!

How much more do I live my every day life not really anticipating the return of Christ? Yes, my morning Bible study time is important, but do I pray to live this day like Jesus might return at any moment? Do I interact with my children and others in a way that constantly points them to Christ? Matthew 24:37-42 says, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

I pray to live life not just routinely, but routinely with a purpose—God’s purpose. And to be ready when He comes.

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