If you have been following my posts, you probably recall that in May I mentioned that my husband and I are expecting our first child! It feels like yesterday when we made the announcement, and it is so surreal to think that our baby girl will be here in just a month’s time!
As we approach the due date, we are trying to prepare as much as we can for our young one’s arrival by getting the essentials like a crib, car seat, diapers, bottles, clothes, etc. We have watched videos and attended classes at the hospital. I think you get the picture.
One thing I have yet to do is prepare the hospital bag. What is this you may ask? This is the bag that will contain all the things we need for the hospital stay, including toiletries, clothes for me and baby, a phone charger, and anything else that we may need to make the labor, delivery, and postpartum as smooth as possible.
When I go into labor, my husband has already voiced that he will need that bag ready, so he can just grab it and go, because in all honesty he probably won’t be thinking very rationally in the heat of the moment. Understandably, as the due date creeps closer and closer, he has been bugging me to get the bag together, and now that I’m in my last month of pregnancy I know I can’t keep procrastinating about it anymore.
As much as I try to ignore reality, I know that this baby is coming, possibly sooner than we expect!
With that being said, it very much reminded me of the parable of the ten virgins with the lamps who waited for the bridegroom:
“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.” | Mathew 25: 1-13
The parable refers to Christ’s impending return, and how we need to be ready for His return at all times because it can happen at any time!
This means living our lives in light of eternity.
Jesus will come like a thief in the night, so we need to make the most of our lives on earth with that in mind at all times. Friends, we need to have our “hospital bag” ready at all times with the expectation that we could be seeing Jesus face to face at any time.