My dog is running in all directions because she hates the sound of the vacuum…which I happen to be using a little more than usual these days.
I am daily catching up on all laundry. I’m no longer waiting for a “big load” to throw in…I’m just keeping everything clean.
When my bills arrive, I pay them right away. From the mailbox I walk…straight to my computer and schedule the bill to be paid.
It’s not that I’m usually a bad housekeeper or unorganized, because I’m not.
It’s just that we are awaiting the birth of our 4th grandchild.
I need to be ready.
When my phone rings, it will be my job to go and get my daughter’s sons. I will take care of them while she is in the hospital.
Like me, she tends to have her babies “late”.
If she & I were to speak truthfully, we would have to both admit that we both feel jealous of women who tend to go into labor two weeks early. It just seems so unfair!
The doctor gives you your “due date”. In your mind you are hoping that you give birth two weeks early, but those weeks go by and then you pass up your due date and pretty soon it feels as though you are a whole month overdue!
It can be quite a mental challenge (not to mention a physical challenge too)!
We were talking the other day and she shared something that rings true in my mind.
We know this child is coming soon.
We believe with our whole heart, he will soon arrive.
Each day that passes only means that we are getting closer to the “birth” day.
We are both doing our best to keep our homes in order.
Dishes are done, laundry is folded, and carpets are vacuumed.
We don’t want to slack in these areas, because who knows if the baby won’t at that exact time when we feel most unready decide that “today” is the day.
I even have my suitcase pre- packed!
We can take this scenario and open up our eyes spiritually as well.
We believe Jesus is coming again. He said that He would and we totally believe that He will. He keeps His Promises.
Each day that passes means we are closer to the day He will return.
Are we ready or will we be caught off guard? Are we living as though we truly believe this?
In Matthew 25
We find the Parable of the Ten Virgins
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet Him!’
Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’
No, they replied, there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves. But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came.
Lord, Lord they said, open the door for us!
But He replied, Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.
Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day of the hour.”
May we be prepared in our hearts to receive Him when He comes. May He find us ready!
He is coming and each day means we are a day closer!
The baby…he’s coming too
Soon and very soon!