“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Matthew 25:13)
Planning ahead and preparing for the unexpected are not gifts that everyone has been given. I have a friend who plans for a trip by automatically thinking of every possible scenario that could be a problem. He actually has a challenge thinking that everything will go smoothly and without incident. At times I envy his perspective of looking at roadblocks that could cause problems. I don’t often think in those terms, and I am often surprised by challenges.
Through this parable, Jesus asks us to prepare for the unexpected. The challenge set in the parable lays the groundwork for us to always be vigilant and focused on the future as well as the present. By being prepared we know that we will not be surprised or locked out when our names are called.
So while I may not be the best at being able to predict or prepare for the unexpected on a road trip, I need to focus energy on preparing for the eternal journey. This includes prayer, worship and works for charity. I guess you could call it the road map for the journey.
Today, let’s each take a moment and check the road map. Are we prepared for the journey, and how are we using the tools we have been give along the way?