When my son came in for lunch I asked him if the parts for the Jeep would be in today and he said no. They missed being put on the truck. Such is life, it happens. I will admit to being a bit disappointed but I can drive Star (my Jeep’s name for those who have missed that before) I simply have to put up with a dash that is lit up like a Christmas Tree along with the constant ding sounds and alerts popping up on the screen. Maybe they will arrive tomorrow and we can get her repaired .
The thing is, repairing a vehicle, or anything else, if the parts needed don’t arrive when expected, it really isn’t the end of the world. Yes, we’re disappointed. Yes, it may be an inconvenience of varying levels. Yet we will survive and life goes on. We may not like it, but being mature and rational makes life easier on ourselves and all who are around us.
As I sit here now, the clock ticking toward ten at night, my mind wanders through thoughts of what is actually coming. Some things that we can expect, and that we should be preparing for their arrival.
Children anticipate the good things. Birthdays, summer vacation, holidays, special events, to name a few. Their minds aren’t really on the long term, not yet. There are of course special circumstances for some. Those facing health issues, families dealing with job loss, financial crisis, homelessness can cause a child to have thoughts different than those who are not facing such as these.
Adults though, have to consider an entirely different mindset on the future. They understand what is coming. Retirement after a lifetime of working. Growing older and a body that can no longer do what it once was capable. Having to face and decide whether one can remain in the family home, or need move to a retirement home. The list of what is coming, is obviously longer but for sake of brevity, and believing my point is made, I’ll move forward.
As a Follower and Believer in Jesus the Christ, I know, that Jesus is coming back. Just as I don’t know when the parts for the Jeep will arrive, I do not know when Christ will return. I just know He is coming. And I am ready, and seek to help others be ready. I’m not going to stand on the street corner and shout at anyone. I’m not going to corner anyone I meet out somewhere. I’m going to live a life of love as we’ve been instructed. I’m going to lead a life of compassion and caring for my brother. There will be things I do not agree with, but I will love you anyway. Because we are told to love God and love others as God loves us. Me. You. Them.
I ordered an item online that I think will help my mother. I was told it would arrive Sunday and I was good with that as it got me free shipping. Then today I received an email that it would arrive some time tomorrow. Arriving any time before and up to ten at night. With that information I know to be prepared, watching for the truck so I will be able to get my dogs inside and keep them from barking insanely. Jesus is returning it could be years from now, it could be tonight. Knowing that He is coming, I can prepare. I know I have given Him my life, receiving forgiveness and salvation. Knowing, my name is written in the Book of Life. I know to be awake and ready for His return, when ever that may be. Because He is coming. And all of the things that we have gone through, all of the darkness and evil, we be defeated and done away with. Life we know now will be no more, the life we will move into will be an amazing life of peace, love and no tears or pain. A life where we will see once again all who have gone before. A life, an eternal life with Christ the Lord.