Today at lunch I was thinking about the headlines I heard on WBZ radio as I shuffled my feet from gas, to clutch, to brake, and back again for nearly an hour in rush hour traffic.
Our governor decided to stand behind some laid off union workers at the Hyatt in Boston - says he's going to boycott Hyatt - funny he didn't speak up when I lost my job to someone in India. Union - oh yeah, that's right, unable to make concessions in a tough economy-- let's punish the business that is employing 190 Americans. Another was the clatter over Obama going to Copenhagen - who cares really? Send Polanski to jail for life - please!
Then there was the Tsunami in the Samoas. Amazing, and without warning four 50 foot waves smashed into the beaches of the South Pacific Islands. Hundreds died - their last moments on earth. I wonder what they were thinking 30 minutes before it happened?
Matthew 25:5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6"At midnight the cry rang out: 'Here's the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!' 7"Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.' 9" 'No,' they replied, 'there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' 10"But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
You just don't know what will happen - and yet we worry about everything as if we'll live forever. It is interesting how humans are. Then I thought about what I have faith in - what if I don't make it home today? Do I really believe what I preach? Then I meditated on His glory and His presence descended. With moments like that, it is hard to stay here on earth. Sure, I have relationships that I value with my wife and kids, but His glory is so very peaceful that some days I don't feel like engaging the struggle.
How about you - what if it was all over in 30 minutes? Would you think about your eternity, or what you've left behind?
Jesus, He defeated death, and by faith so will you. Think about it.
I gave myself 30 minutes to write this blog - I have 6 minutes left.