Sunday, February 5, 2012

"Are you ready..."

I typed the above line and in my mind could hear Hank Williams Jr. singing, "for some football, for a Super Bowl party!" In case you didn't know the big game is today, but chances are you do and have maybe even been getting ready for a party this afternoon.

I've put some food together and even our little Jesse man is ready for his first ever Super Bowl! He's even sporting colors of one of the teams!

But last night the title of this post was on my mind for another reason. I'd just received a call that loved ones were involved in a car accident after they'd left the hospital visiting loved ones who were sick. Thankfully it's just the vehicle that's a loss and not someone's life. I thanked God for answering specific prayers we'd prayed earlier for safety. He is good!

Though I was grateful and at peace my mind was still at work as I reflected on yet another day that didn't go as planned. It began with a loved one on life support, 6 of the 7 people in my house getting sick, a friend's mom having major surgery for a brain tumor, my dad tipping over his skid loader (my grandpa lost his life doing the same thing) and then the accident yesterday. Honestly it has been quite a week and as I thought about it all I said, "Wow, God...it could have been much worse."

I am beyond thankful that it is not, but I know this is not a perfect world and someday the news won't be what I want to hear. As I thought about this, the opening three words to this post came to mind...I could hear God whispering, "Are you ready? And the ones you love, are they ready?"

Honestly thoughts of dying are not ones I prone to ponder, but this post keeps begging me to write it, so I will.

Personally when I ask myself this question...no, I'm not ready when I look at things from an earthly perspective - my kids are young, they need me, their mom to raise them up; my husband and I have many years in front of us; I have dreams and desires I long to see unfold, but I know that's not what God is asking.

He's asking if I've accepted His Son, Jesus, as my Lord and Savior and yes, yes I have. Romans 10:9 says, "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." That I have done and that I believe, so I know when my time comes I will be saved. I am ready.

Friend how about you? Are you ready? Remember being ready isn't accomplished by going to church, being a good person or growing up in a christian home. Matthew 7:21-23 says, "Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" God doesn't desire rituals or religion, He wants a relationship. Friend being ready is about knowing HIM!

Perhaps today, maybe even right now He is standing at the door of your heart and knocking. If you hear HIS voice and open the door, He will come in. (Rev. 3:20) Friend I encourage you to do that now! Make yourself ready...my past week is proof that we don't know what tomorrow will bring.

The Giants and the Patriots have spent two weeks preparing for this game and some of them will say they've spent their life working towards this goal, they are ready!! But when the whistle blows and the game ends, win or lose life will go on. Those athletes are preparing for a game, but today I pray you will apply this question to thoughts about your eternal home!

If you have any thoughts or questions or are in need of prayer, leave me a comment or send an email to jillberan@yahoo.com! It would be an honor to hear from you! Praying for you now!!

2 comments:

  1. Wow! You have had quite a challenging week. I'm attempting to re-enter the 'world of blogging' and your words were so encouraging. What a cutie of a football fan you have! Will be in prayer for you and for those you mentioned. God Bless, Stacy

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  2. What a fantastic post, Jill! I am so glad you obeyed God's promptings to write it. I know He will use it.

    You are so right. There will be a day when the news won't be the news we want to hear. And there will be a day when my loved ones get news about me.

    Although I have given my heart and life over to the Lord, I still have to ponder the question...am I ready? As in, if I died today, do I feel I have lived the life the Lord designed me to, wants me to? If I died today, could I say I lived it to the fullest, fully surrendered, fully living for Him. Honestly? Today? I could not say that.

    He has been speaking to my heart about time. Time and how I use it. And even though that is not what your post was about, it stirs up my heart even more. Sorry...long wandering comment. ;)

    SOOOOOO thankful everyone was alright! Praying for HEALTH and wholeness in your home!

    Love you and your heart for our Lord,
    K :)

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