by Sandy Kirby Quandt
One day last week it rained. A lot. And yes. Pilot and I were getting ready to take a short trip to the beach. The standing joke – which really is not funny, although it is rather true – being if Pilot and I are heading out in the RV, somewhere along the line, the weather will be bad.
Well, once the rain ended, the sky cleared up, and the sun peeked out, I looked in the backyard, and a smile came to my face. Rufous was back!
I’ve written about Rufous before. He’s one of the migrating hummingbirds that pass through our yard from May to September. In fact, he also makes an appearance in the devotional book I contributed twenty devos to, Wonders of Nature.
Last night Pilot put out the feeder. We hadn’t seen Rufous, yet, and never know when he’ll show up, but I wanted to be ready for his return. He may have stopped by earlier and not seen any nectar. Or this may have been his first visit of the year. Either way, I’m glad we were ready for him.
This reminds me of one of the parables Jesus told about his return. The hour of which neither the angels of heaven nor the Son knows.
In this parable, Jesus mentioned a master who went away leaving all he had in his servants’ care. The faithful and wise servant went about doing his job to the best of his ability until the master unexpectedly returned. Jesus says that servant was blessed because the master found him doing his job when he arrived.
Jesus also mentioned another servant who figured since the master’s return was delayed, he’d do as he pleased. This servant went about beating his fellow servants and involving himself in wickedness. The master returned on a day the wicked servant did not expect, and that servant was assigned to a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth.
As important as I felt it was to be ready for Rufuos’ return, how much more important is it for each of us to be ready for our Master, Jesus Christ’s return?
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But no one knows the date and hour when the end will be—not even the angels. No, nor even God’s Son. Only the Father knows…So be prepared, for you don’t know what day your Lord is coming…Just as a man can prevent trouble from thieves by keeping watch for them, so you can avoid trouble by always being ready for my unannounced return. Matthew 24:36-44 (TLB)
I wish you well.
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