Good morning my sisters-
How have you been? I have been very busy at work and home this week. Many things are beginning to happen in the life of the Rogers, including a very stressful week at work. I was really tested to trust in our Lord this week as I worked with clients, had lunch with my son and prayed that my oldest would find a job this May. Time once again has gotten away from me but thank goodness for my sister-in-law who sent me God's beautiful word every day and boy did I need it!
I promised that I would do a series of Jesus said this week and so I am. We are nearing Easter and many are remembering why they came to Christ in the first place. Every year, I find myself thinking back on the day I said, "Jesus I believe You are who You say You are!" That was the best day of my life. Before that moment, I was drowning in sorrow, wrapped up in my selfishness and trying to find myself in places that I should never have been. And then like a thief, Jesus stole my heart and convinced me that I was precious to Him. There has been no greater moment in my life than that day. He has been my lover, my Father and my best friend ever since. Of course, I still fall from time to time and I am tested but I always come back to the one that saved me.
Jesus said many things to His disciples that are now on display for the world to read. Just like the temples, the statues and the old haunts of ancient times, we have a History book in front of us full of pages and pages of truth. Some may not like what they hear. It's hard to hear that you are a sinner and yet, every single one of us is. There is no one on earth that hasn't sinned so therefore, we all are one. I pride myself in knowing that I'm a sinner. It keeps me in check when I'm trying to think higher of myself than I am. God is good because we are reminded that we need Him above all things.
That leads me to the parable of the virgins. It always strikes me funny when I see someone predicting the end of this world. Christ was clear. He would come as a thief and we need to be ready. No one has magic powers or knows the future events of this world from God's perspective, even the prophets of old or His disciples. They were told to watch, wait and be ready and so are we. With this I leave you with a passage of what Jesus said. He is our God, One God in a Holy Trinity. Be well my sisters and know that He is real, He is truth and we are blessed to proclaim His name.
“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘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.’ “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. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. (Matthew 25:1-13 NIV)
Which are you my sisters? Ask yourself that question and ask our Lord to show you where you fit in this parable.