Getting Ready

Before the time comes I wanted to get ready, if that’s possible at all. But it happens most of the time before I could get ready.

I don’t want to get embarrassed, amongst people, by these seizure attacks. When I have this aura, which warns me of the possible attack, I am very happy. Yet my happiness couldn’t save me either.

Sometimes my SOS pill helped me avoid such circumstances. If it is going to happen; it happens. The most important thing is I wanted to finish my job or inform someone in any case I wouldn’t recover.

If I’m out from home, there are times I’d call home to let them give a check on me every five to ten minutes. Nothing can be ascertained but anything can happen. If it’s just another aura, then it’s way better.

When I’m with my children alone at home, I’d tell them if something’s wrong. My children would pray besides my bed, which gives me comfort. And God really did hear his prayer, which keeps me safe, most of the time.

When my God had cared and arranged help in my worst days, I am really grateful. He’d lead me home in those uncertain moments.

Getting ready to run
Getting Ready

In my living with epilepsy, this is one of the many lessons it taught me. In any way possible, I could, I wanted to avoid unprecedented seizure attacks but one thing is inevitable, I could not stay safe all the time. Although there are some embarrassing moments, I was quite blessed enough, as I was saved from embarrassing moments.

Getting Ready for the End:

Talking about death is not always pessimistic. It can otherwise make us appreciate our lives, which inculcate optimism in our living.

Should we be clear about our beliefs; what we expect after death, it would help us in living a happy life. Each day of lives would be numbered. We’d give thanks to the Lord for the gift of time.

Let’s get absorb in this matter and devote out whole time thinking about it. No, that is not my purpose of writing this. We should live like we could never die but get ready like we could die any moment.

It might be clearer this way: It is hope, time and again here, that I’d awake again should I have seizure attack but with impending pain on my body. However, some episodes did change my analysis of my problem. Recovering, really, is not in my hand. Should it be time for me to go on there’s nothing I could do about it.

The problem here is I could never be ready for such unprecedented episodes. But I have this faith that if something more than unusual happen in life, God took control of everything. The only thing I should be concern about is meeting Him again.

We shouldn’t be left undecided about our future. One must be certain about our belief. If someone does not anticipate life after death or meeting our Savior, let’s say it his choice now. But someone getting caught not readying for anything could be a disaster.

Apostle Paul, talking about the Day of the Lord, wrote to the Thessalonians: For you are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. (1 Thess. 5:2-11)

While citizens of every order are busy for (International, national, and local) “Peace and Safety” destruction will come suddenly on them. (My emphasis added) No one knows about the times and dates of such extent.

How do we get Ready?

Here in verses 8 to 11, the Apostle Paul gave a very brief yet meaningful instruction on getting ready so that no one should be surprised like a thief. Let’s read:

“Putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ is the best way of getting readied being mentioned here.

For every beginning there is an end. If a flower blooms today it will wither in few times. If someone is suffering there will be time where suffering ends.

Some of the things in life are certain, those certainty we weren’t interested. We are more drawn to those thrills of uncertainty.

In the meantime, let’s work hard; not simply remain idle and disruptive. Let us help the weak, love each other in brotherly and sisterly love, and be patient with one another. V12-14. Let us be thankful and optimistic each day of our lives.

Being prepared or getting will enhance our productivity, which will increase our appreciation of life. Lest we go empty handed to our Worthy Savior.

Getting ready is the most appropriate thing we can do on our own; we don’t need to involve others. There is no need of investing huge amount of time and money but our own heart. It is more of a state of mind.

In his very own words, Jesus Christ had alerted the disciples about being getting ready or readiness at any hour. Here, let’s read again:

You must be ready because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect Him. (Matthew 24:44)

It becomes a least likely trend of many people who are too much anxious about this timing. Some people, in the
very unfortunate way, ended up taking their own lives, which is against conforming to the will of God.

In the process of getting ready, we should not be too much anxious of God’s timing. In His most appropriate timing Jesus Christ came on earth to save us. And in His most appropriate timing He would call us unto Him.

When we are young, healthy, busy in our own work, and with few difficulties in life we tend to think less of this important aspect of life. Still it is a good thing, I would say, because it shows we’re happy.

However, some people still missed this aspect of life even in their worst situation. They are blinded, circumstances had blocked their view: their wisdom, their riches, their dilapidated life, could become their evil strongholds. But the abiding grace of God is always kind and nigh.

Let the grace of God be with us while we get ready for His Kingdom!

Hosanna in the Highest! Deliverance is Assured

 

There are instances in life, where we wanted to make Jesus what we want.  We wanted Him to act fast.  We misunderstood His ways.  Yet, He did things in His own time.  We have to wait for ‘His time’.

Palm leaves Hosanna
Palm leaves

In the final stages of His time on earth, a week before dying on the cross, Jesus and His disciples drew near to Jerusalem.  In short, He sent His disciples to go to the village and find a colt and a donkey.  They came back as has been commanded.  They laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.

So, as Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem, multitudes gathered.  They spread their garments on the road; others cut down branches and trees spreading them on the road.  Now the crowds who went before Him and those who followed cried out, “Hosanna”.

Hosanna, in Hebrew, means ‘Lord, deliver us’ or ‘I beg you to save’.

They shouted Hosanna to acknowledge Him as the Messiah.  Long-burdened with sin and oppressed by foreign rulers, they wanted the Messiah to act now.  They wanted to make Him king, and deliver them from their present situations or hardships.  In the same way, that is all we want when we kneel down to pray.

More importantly, they presented their case while shouting in adoration.  They saw deliverance is on the way.  Deliverance is much nearer than before.

On that day, the sad doxology of ‘Lord, save us or deliver us’ became a glad doxology.  Because, in Him, they have hope.  Their hopes and spirits were renewed.  This happened just before His final presentation of Himself hanging on the cross.

Now, do you think the Lord did not see what they wanted at that moment and time?  He’d seen it all.  He’d knew it all.  But He waited.  He waited for His Father and His plans.

Was He powerless?  No, but He humbled.  He can and He ruled over nature and all that existed on earth.  The people cried out for salvation but there was a larger picture to be seen at this point.  That’s the part we cannot see in our everyday life, without Him.

Yes, the waiting, sometimes the long wait is worth it.  But the hardest part is the waiting period.  In the contemporary world where almost everything follows the stroke of one finger tip, it is far more difficult.

When Jesus Christ declared on the cross, “It is finished”, He delivered all mankind from the bondage of sin, and the chains that bind us no longer exist.  Deliverance is assured!

So we shouted,

Hosanna in the Highest!

Hosanna to the King of Kings!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!

Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9, John 12:13, Psalms 118:25