Jeremiah the prophet wrote, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended…”
Seasons come and go. Preparation is necessary to make the most of the season.
How many items on your to-do list got done this summer? My list looks like this:
Canning reds. Check
Smoking silvers. Check
Picking berries. Check
Planting raspberry starts. Check
The last one finally got done after being on the list for several summers. Now I hope they survive and multiply in the coming summer. I won’t mention all the other items on the list that didn’t get done.
Much of our time this summer involved preparing for the 50th anniversary for Sterling Pentecostal Church. What a celebration of memories and victories it turned out to be. Lots of friends and family gathered for a great time of fellowship. On the first night of services the lights went out just before we had refreshments. One commented, “This is my first dinner with candle and cell phone light.” More memory making moments.
It seems there is always something to prepare for. Trips, visitors, projects, fishing; the list goes on. Sometimes my preparation is thorough, sometimes haphazard, with predictable results. I have learned it is just as important to prepare as to experience the event we anticipate.
One trip we made preparation for was to the wedding of a friend in Atlanta. Tired from traveling all night and most of the day, we hiked down a long concourse in search of baggage claim. The trains were coming and going on each side of the concourse, but we didn’t realize we could hop on for a quick ride. Unclear signage and tired brains combined to make us even more exhausted after a long, unnecessary walk.
Fortunately the Bible gives clear instructions for how to prepare for very important events in life. Someone said that “Bible” is a mnemonic for Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. This is not extra-terrestrial travel, but preparation for eternity.
Such important decisions might seem to require complicated thought and procedures. This is not the case. Dynamic yet simple steps such as those listed in the Book of Acts, chapter two, verse thirty-eight can be experienced by everyone. “Whosoever will” is still the invitation of Jesus Christ.
Such preparation and attention to clear instructions can help avoid the sad ending of Jeremiah 8:20; “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” That is a consequence to be avoided at all costs.
Mitch Glover is pastor of the Sterling Pentecostal Church located on Swanson River Road at Entrada. Services on Sunday include Bible classes for all ages at 10:00 a.m. and worship at 11:00 a.m. Thursday Bible study is at 7:00 p.m.