So it all started last night.  I should have made juice for this morning so I wouldn’t be rushed trying to get out of the house this morning.  But, did I?  No.  I was too tired, too lazy, and ended up not preparing like I should have.  This morning as I rushed around preparing to leave the house, I felt like one of the five unprepared virgins who didn’t go out to buy oil while waiting for the bridegroom.

Running late was my own fault.  I had gotten up with plenty of time to get ready, but I didn’t want to go anywhere.    I had a sense of entitlement, I had worked hard all week and my introverted self just wanted to stay home on the weekend.  I wondered if I have a sense of entitlement when it comes to God’s blessings?  Do I think I deserve all good things because, after all, I’m not so bad.  While it is true that I may not be such a bad person, on the other hand, am I such a good person that I deserve to receive the greatest gift of all?  The death of God’s son Jesus so I could live?

After preparing my juice and sucking it down in record time, I jumped in the shower ahead of Brett who was ironing his shirt.  After drinking the cold juice, I just wanted to stand in the hot water for hours, or at least ten minutes.  But, I didn’t have time to do that and even if I did, I knew Brett would appreciate a hot shower also.  So I braced for reality and turned off the hot water.  I thought about how when I stand in the hot cleansing water of God, I just want to get out as quickly as possible!

I find it pretty easy to be unprepared.  I can procrastinate with the best of them.  But, if I put off the good that I should do, I will soon be standing in the hot cleansing water of God’s love for me.  I will never be “good enough” to deserve God’s gifts for me, but God sent Jesus to die for me so His blood could cover my sins and I may live in the Presence of God all the days of my life.

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