Getting Ready

We are leaving for New Zealand on Friday. We have been preparing for a long time. The tickets were bought in April and since then we have been getting ready. Now it’s almost time. I’ve started packing my suitcase. We know exactly what time our plane leaves so we can prepare accordingly.

A number of people have asked whether I shall be continuing with Coffee in the Rain and the answer is, “I’ll try.” I might include more photos (internet access permitting) but I’d like to be able to include an inspirational message as well. It is in the Lord’s hands.

I do have a travel blog but I doubt I could keep two blogs going at the same time.

Our trip is in the future and we have been able to prepare for it. I think we’ll be ready by Friday to move to another country for two and a half months.

Jesus has told us He is coming again and we are able to prepare but, because nobody knows the day or the time, we cannot prepare as precisely. He said, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Matthew 24:42-44 NIV)

This preparation is more like a couple expecting a baby. They know more or less when it is due and they’ve found out all about the signs of labour, but they don’t know exactly when the baby will come. I had my bags packed and ready for the hospital a month before my due date.

In the waiting before the baby’s birth, (which sometimes seems interminable) there are preparations to make. A room or area has to be made ready for the baby, equipment has to be bought or borrowed, clothes and nappies have to be procured. It’s too late to do all that when the mother goes into labour. Meanwhile, the mother-to-be’s body has been readying itself for giving birth and then producing milk without her having any active role.

Jesus has told us we must be ready. Like the foolish virgins in the parable, if we have not been preparing in good time, we will be caught short.

Many of us, if not all of us, will die before Christ comes again. Then we will have no time or opportunity to get ready to meet God. We need to use our time wisely now. I see our preparation in two parts. There is God’s part and our part. God has done the major part by enabling fallen sinners to come into His holy domain through the death of Jesus and by sending the Holy Spirit to begin changing us into Christ’s likeness. Our part is to stay in a close relationship with Jesus, to get to know Him more and to do whatever He tells us to do. Different people are called to different ministries and we need to be faithful to our specific calling.

My Prayer

Lord Jesus, I want to stay close to You. If You come again tomorrow, I want to know that You will know my name. Please keep me from allowing my agenda to take precedence over Yours. May I be found doing Your work when You come or You call me home. Amen.

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