Each morning is about the same. My alarm goes off at the same time every morning. The first thing I do is turn on the coffee maker. My breakfast includes any one of about 4 varieties. I ensure that the kids are awake at about the same time every morning. Then, I listen to the children fight over hogging the bathrooms, the cereal, the bread, the chips, and then, while keeping my social distance, I watch as these encounters crescendo into a chorus of “Are you ready?” Usually, responses begin to echo with “Yes”, or “Almost”…which really means…“I don’t have my folder signed…I have not yet made a lunch…I can’t find my shoes…Mom, where did YOU put MY glasses…Where is my coat…Why do I need a coat…I don’t have time to walk the dog…hurry! We are going to be late!”
Once my children arrive at school, I will, occasionally, receive a phone call or a text…“I forgot my instrument…can you bring it?…I forgot my ipad, can you bring it?...I forgot my coat, can you bring it?
I have delivered a flute, a clarinet, a trumpet and a saxophone to school using my bicycle…my youngest daughter is about to take up the tuba…A TUBA!!!
“Are you ready for school?” I asked.
“Has your folder been signed?”
“Oh wait…no…can you sign it?”
“Do you have your instrument?”
“Oh wait…it’s in my room.”
“Time to go.”
“Oh wait…I can’t find my shoes.”
“So what exactly does ready look like?”
That is a great question. I remember my own childhood ready woes. It was the same thing every morning. My alarm would go off…and continue to buzz, until my mother woke me up…twice. Then, I would get dressed, throw a piece of toast in my mouth, cram to finish my math assignment and history reading from the previous night…my crescendo would arrive in a scramble and scream when the bus would surprise me by its arrival…“EEEK! THE BUS!!!...at exactly 7:21 a.m…EVERY MORNING!
You would think that one of two things would happen. #1. I would stop being surprised by the arrival of the bus at exactly the same time, every day….or #2. Through some strange cosmic event, the bus would arrive at an unexpected time…earlier, or later…but it didn’t. It arrived like clockwork. I knew when it would come…and, yet, it felt like I was never ready.
What about our spiritual lives? If you are a believer in Jesus and the Bible…are you ready? If you are not a believer…are you ready? Are you ready for the possibility that the Bible is true and things are happening just like the Bible predicted? As I have watched the world change faster in the last 6 months than I have ever seen before, I have come to ask myself that question over and over again. Am I ready? What does that even mean? If I really believe that Jesus is who He said He is…and I believe that the Bible is true, then I need to be ready. He says He is coming back. Jesus gives us “signs” to look for. I believe that I see some of them.
I must be ready…but am I?
Are you ready?
Read Matthew 24.
Do you see the signs?
Are you ready?