These days our family is in “wait” mode. We are waiting for the arrival of the new “Baby Coleman”. We are done with the pregnancy. We want what we have been anticipating to be here. Hospital bags are packed & ready to go.
No one can truly predict the arrival of a baby. Not a single woman wants to “think” she is in labor and take a ride into labor & delivery to be sent home with a false alarm. No woman wants the pseudo contractions, Braxton Hicks. We want the real deal. We want to be able to say the contractions can be timed & are strong & lasting. For it is the contractions that truly prepare our body for the big arrival.
None of us can predict the moment when:
- a baby will come
- we will be let go from our dream job
- we will be rejected by a spouse
- we hear that dreaded diagnosis
- we cannot pay our bills
- we lose that loved one
It is moments like this that we truly come to recognize – we are not the ones in control. Life happens. Every day. All around us. Our part is to be ready. At all times.
Jesus, in Luke Chapter 12, uses the illustration of servants waiting for the return of their master:
“Be dressed ready for service & keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes & knocks they can immediately open the door for him.” (Verses 35 & 36 NIV).
What does Jesus tell us?
“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (verse 40 NIV).
- completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use
- duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged
- prompt or quick
And so our family waits & anticipates. Ready at all times.
How about you? Are you ready if His arrival should be today?