This is the Day…Wednesday
July 21, 2021
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.” (1 Thessalonians 5:1-6)
When I was a young boy, we did not have many pets around our house. Mom and Dad were not interested in taking on the responsibility of caring for animals given the fact that they had to deal with four rambunctious boys each day. The only pet they ever had was a medium sized border collie mix dog that they had adopted before I was born. His name was Brownie. When I grew old enough to be outside alone, I always loved to play in the backyard with Brownie. But, by the time I was six or seven, Brownie was well up in years and his activity level was beginning to slow down.
I wanted Brownie to be my faithful companion who stood by my side as we shared adventures, conquered snakes, and vermin in the backyard, and explored areas no six-year-old had ever been before. I wanted a mighty and fierce canine to be my partner. Brownie had something quite different in mind. He just wanted to sleep. Every morning, when I went outside to play, I would find Brownie in the same place. He had made a bed in the cool dirt just beside the back steps. On a good day, Brownie would slowly rise to his feet and go with me into the backyard. But most days he did not even open his eyes. He was not interested in an adventure and exploring that day. He just wanted to sleep.
One morning, I was very excited about being outside and I wanted Brownie by my side. But no matter what I said or did, Brownie just would not get up from his bed. In my aggravation with him, I grabbed his front legs and began pulling Brownie out of his bed. He briefly opened his eyes and gave me a look as if to say, “I can’t believe you are making me do this.” No matter how I pulled Brownie would not stand up so, I continued to drag him through the grass and across the yard. When Mom came out to ask me what I was doing, I said, “He needs to wake up and stop sleeping all the time! We have things to do!”
As I have grown up, I have often thought that God must feel the same way about us at times. It is easy for us to become complacent or even apathetic when it comes to our daily lives. We get ourselves into a pattern of floating though life without truly being awake. When we face each day that way, we miss the signs of God’s presence around us. We miss the opportunities God has for us to serve Him and be a blessing. We trade the light for the darkness.
On this day God has given you, do not allow yourself to miss out on the plans God has for you. We need to wake up. We have things to do!