sleeping bride

Posted: July 22nd, 2009 | Filed under: God, life | Tags: | No Comments »

There are so many people who, right now, are feeling pains of growing.

It’s the frustration of being in between two sizes. It’s the annoyance of being told to be ready at a certain time, then having to wait half an hour on the one who gave the orders. We’re all dressed up for a date who is late. We’re travelers with checked luggage and a delayed flight. A congregation in between pastors. A man who is getting ready to quit his corporate job to pursue his dream of being a photographer. The girl who gave her two weeks notice, then has to wait out the awkward and uncomfortable two weeks. The groom standing at the end of the white carpet, trying to show interest in the procession when all he wants is his bride.

We’re waiting. Our feet are aching. Our shine is cracking and our stomachs are growling.

God’s kingdom is like ten young virgins who took oil lamps and went out to greet the bridegroom. Five were silly and five were smart. 

Jesus tells so many analogies trying to explain the kingdom of God. In this one, he is telling us what he considers ‘silly’ and what he considers ‘smart.’

The silly virgins took lamps, but no extra oil.The smart virgins took jars of oil to feed their lamps.

‘Silly’ isn’t prepared to wait. ‘Smart’ knows that waiting is inevitable.

The bridegroom didn’t show up when they expected him, and they all fell asleep.

They may be poised and beautiful. They may smell like heaven and be groomed head-to-toe, but they had to wait so long that they all fell asleep. 

‘Smart’ knows you have to wait. You don’t get to choose timing, you just have to be ready to go when the time comes. You don’t have time to run an errand. It’s that close. Just hang on where you are and he’ll come get you.

inspired by Matthew 25 and real life

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