It Was All In My Head
I could have seen it coming. I mean, it’s happened before. Truth is, this is quite regular. I SHOULD have seen it coming!
Each year, with the change of seasons, my sinuses “clean house.” Imagine an automobile oil change, only this happens in one’s body and involves a stuffy head, sore throat and congested lungs. For me, it began this week when the threat of frost entered into the forecast. I don’t know how my sinuses view the television weather predictions, but all evidence points to the fact that they do. As I awoke Tuesday morning, my sinuses announced fall’s arrival.
So now I’m suffering, but not too awful badly. I had the requisite medicines on-hand: Decongestant and Expectorant. I prefer the long-lasting types of each of these, as they combat the symptoms well into the night. Those items plus a box of tissues and I’m all set for the three to five days this process requires to complete.
There are other things in life who’s regularity can be anticipated. Christmas is (depending upon where you shop) either upon us or coming soon. Soon we will end Daylight Savings time and shift our clocks back one hour. A few weeks after that, it will be Thanksgiving.
Then there are some things that you know are coming, but you cannot know when. Take snow as an example. As cold as it is getting, we know that the first snowfall can’t be far away, but no one can really tell you when that first snow will fly. You could try to guess the date, and maybe you’ll win a snow-thrower from the local news station if you guess correctly, but guessing doesn’t seem to be the best way of anticipating the snow.
The smart idea seems to be to prepare for those things that we know are coming. Like my having the proper medicine at hand for my seasonal sinusitis or Les bringing in salt for the church ahead of that first ice-storm, it pays to prepare for those thing one knows are coming. The same is true in your spiritual life.
Spiritually, you know that one day you will face your creator. God is going to want to know what you did with the gifts that He gave you. Just a partial listing of those gifts would include; the gift of life, health, wisdom, creativity – and greatest of all – the gift of salvation found in Jesus Christ. We don’t know when, but a day is coming when we must give an accounting. Are you ready?
You can begin by making certain you are in relationship with Jesus. He said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” (John 14:6) Receiving life from God’s Son should be first on your preparation list.
Assuming that is taken care of, next you’ll want to see that you are bearing fruit for Jesus. He said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.” (John 15:1-8) Bearing fruit, giving glory to the Father, and showing ourselves to be Jesus’ disciples should be a priority of our lives.
These are just a few of what I consider to be the most important ways that we can prepare ourselves, spiritually, for the future. There are others. In fact, the Bible is a collection of books all about showing us how to relate to God. To me, improving your relationship with God is the most important means of preparing for eternity.
So take advantage of my seasonal malady. Be reminded this month to be prepared. We don’t know when, but we know THAT Jesus will return. I pray that we are ready.
Praying for your preparation,