Preparing For Thanksgiving

 

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.

2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Matthew 25:1-9

I love Thanksgiving. It is such a day of rejoicing, relaxation and rest…that is unless, of course, I don’t use the day before Thanksgiving properly. If I don’t use the day before  to bake pies and peel turnip, if I don’t mash the sweet potatoes and mix the green bean casserole or raise the rolls then Thanksgiving become a day of heavy labor, stress and freaking out.

In its own way Thanksgiving is an object lesson for Matthew 25.  The foolish virgins came to what was supposed to be their day of rejoicing but they had not made themselves ready for the day, or for the One whom the day was really about (the bridegroom); So they  found themselves racing around trying to fill their lamps only to discover on their return to the bridal chamber that they had missed much more than the day. They had missed their opportunity to travel with the bridegroom.

How many times do we turn away from the call of God telling ourselves there will be time “later”? How much stress do we create for ourselves because we put our obedience to the Lord second, or third, or….

As you prepare your Thanksgiving meal this day or tomorrow maybe just maybe it is an opportunity to take a look at bigger things than a twenty pound turkey and ask yourself, “Could I be preparing better?”

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