I’m sure many of you had company, or you were company; and you were all on your best behavior.
You planned this out for weeks in advance to host or attend the perfect Thanksgiving dinner.
But you had to prepare. whether it was food, or hitting the gym to enjoy the food.
Our scripture this week is from Mark 13. Verses 32-33 talks about what we are all a little afraid of – the unknown.
“But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert for you do not know when the time will come.”
Yikes! Don’t we like to plan? To know when our guests arrive so the turkey is just about finished, so that our carpets are vacuumed and shelves dusted? To be prepared to deal with family, even that crazy uncle?
Isaiah 64:6 points out a unanimous character flaw among all of us:
We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.
We have all lacked a little, OK maybe a lot, on preparing and staying alert to what God calls us to do each day.
We fade, we hide in the background, we hope no one will notice that one spot that hasn’t been dusted in our preparation, but we can’t hide it. Not from Him.
Jesus is reminding us to ALWAYS be prepared. We don’t want to start slacking in the cleanliness of our hearts just because we think there is a lull in company coming.
Jesus is always here and always good company!
God, help us to to see each day what you have called us to do. Help us prepare, and continue to prepare so we are always ready. Amen