"All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.'" - Matthew 25:7-9 NLT
Think about this for a moment regarding special occasions we experience in life. When we are about to give birth, graduate school, take a test, get ready for a much needed vacation, moving to a new place, or maybe even getting married - these are events or occasions, we typically don't just jump right in or wing it without thinking, right? We give ourselves time to prepare. Well, at least we should. No one wants to go on vacation and realize they have forgotten some much needed items. Or to take a test and not have studied for it. Being unprepared can be costly and devastating. Well, our time spent with Jesus takes preparation as well. We dare not be like the five virgins in the parable of the Ten Bridesmaids. They were not prepared to meet the groom. And having to go out to get oil for their lamps caused them to miss out. (“But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’" “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’" - Matthew 25:10-12 NLT) We go to bed late and don't feel like getting up early enough to meet with Him. Being unprepared to spend time with Jesus can result in it not happening at all. We then miss the opportunity to be in His presence to receive what we need to get us through the day. Let's make a vow to ourselves that spending the first 15 minutes with our Lord is important. Let's make a true effort to be prepared. Place your Bible and your notebook/pad within reach. Know which passage or Book of the Bible you will read. Give some thought to it the night before. Don't do anything else before getting in His presence. Prepare your heart and mind to spend time with Jesus. Simply, be prepared!