But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
The lesson here is twofold, first be ready, or as the Boy Scouts would teach, Be Prepared. Even though this sounds fairly straight forward, I know of a few Christians who say it isn't necessary to prepare. In fact, they plan almost nothing in their lives, living by the doctrines that a) God has a plan for each of us. If God knows every hair on our head, surely he has planned for every coming moment. And b) to have faith, one must trust God. If one is worried or plans, that may be counter to God's plan and shows a lack of faith. So they live by the motto, God will take care of me.
Then why did God give us a brain that is capable of thinking of the future? Why did God give us a brain to think through a sequence of events? Why did God give us a brain to help sift through options and alternatives? Why did God give us the capability to plan ahead? Shouldn't we use the gifts that God has bestowed upon us? Keep awake therefore!
Dear Lord, please help take care of this world by helping humanity take care of this world and ourselves. Amen.