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“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like 10 virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. When the foolish took their lamps, they didn’t take oil with them. But the sensible ones took oil in their flasks with their lamps. Since the groom was delayed, they all became drowsy drowsy and fell asleep.” Matthew 25: 1-5
A day or so ago I came across an interview of a successful executive who was explaining his rise in the banking business. He relates how, for some reason, he had decided that that work was not for him and was going to resign from the company. But he did not and 6 months later he received his most significant promotion in his career, “Imagine if I had quit 6 months before that? I would not be here right now.”
When I look at my life right now, it looks nothing like I had imagined. I feel like a farmer who planted her seeds on time, watered them, tended the soil diligently but has no fruit to prove it. Of course, there are some really good things that have happened in the first part of 2014, but none of the things that I have been hoping for have come through. And right now, your life probably does not look the way you were hoping it would look by now. You have been waiting for that job, those finances, a baby, even a man. You are in desperate need of some breakthrough!
Dealing with delays
Jesus used parables to explain His concept of the Kingdom and one of these is the story of the 10 virgins in Matthew 25. In the previous chapter, Jesus says “No one knows the day or the hour” of His return and He uses this parable to illustrate his point. Each of these women were waiting to greet the bridegroom, they were waiting for a breakthrough. Like you and me. But only 5 out 10 actually saw the breakthrough in the end, what did the 5 do that the other did not?
What separates those who see breakthrough from the ones who do not? If you read the story, let us take note of a few things. They all went out for the same reason. They all took their lamps with them. They all fell asleep. But only 5 of them were actually ready to greet the bridegroom. In the middle of the night, when they least expected it, they all got tweets letting them know that the bridegroom was here:
RT @townherald Hey girls, groom’s here,come say hi! Don’t forget lamps. cc @virg1 @virg2 @virg3 …
Are you ready?
More often than not, God’s timing is completely different to ours. We think ‘soon’ means next week but He means next year. But even in that space of not knowing when something is going to happen, Christ commands us to “Be alert, because you do not know the day or the hour.” In effect what this means is
We need to live as though our breakthrough was coming today, even if it only comes tomorrow.
Whatever it is that you are waiting for, my encouragement to you is be ready because although your breakthrough delays, it is coming! If it is a job you are waiting for, buy some work clothes and touch up on your knowledge, if it is a baby, get clued up on motherhood.
Ultimately, remember that this life that we live today is all in preparation of eternity and that is what all this waiting is about. Don’t be caught napping.
Lord, as I wait for my breakthrough, teach me how to trust you and keep me alert (whatever that means). In Jesus’ name, Amen.