I want to apologize for not writing in a while. I have been getting ready for a new baby and taking care of my extended family. While I like to blog thoughts and ideas, my blog is not high on my priority list when it comes to family, projects, and ministry. However, I was talking to Crystal, one of my co-workers at Soma, about how some students never seem ready for life outside of school, or life beyond the preparation years of high school and college.
This conversation reminded me of a game I used to play as a kid. All children play it, I'm sure. The game is hide-and-seek and while there are several variations to it, there are a few things that are standard. First, there is a designated person to be "it" and he or she counts to a preselected number and then he or she will come search for everyone who is hiding. Second, everybody else has a simple task -- find a place to hide in the amount of time given and don't get caught. If you get caught, then you have to be the one searching for everybody in the next round.
Of course, there is that critical moment of time where the person who is "it" announces, "Ready or not...here I come!" and the children who have not managed their time well will dive into a crevice or just lay down in the middle of the field.
I personally believe that in life we have periods to prepare for whatever it is that life will throw our way. That period of time is not infinite and sometimes I think I hear life tell me, "Ready or not..."
I think graduation is a moment like that, whether it be high school or college...life is about to happen whether you're ready or not.
Having a baby is like that for sure!
So is most of life's biggest risks and rewards.
Back to the game - when I was ready, hidden, and knew I had done well -- "Ready or not..." was not a threat to me but a way of knowing that something cool was happening, the game (or round in the game) was about to happen. I had put myself in position to be successful. But when I was scrambling, trying to find my place, trying to slow my breathing because I had just settled into my spot--"Ready or not..." was a warning.
It is a simple game, but contains something we can take with us. When we take the time to prepare for the upcoming "round" of life, it is not scary or threatening, but a chance for success. Sure, life isn't a game and sometimes it hands you things that you didn't see coming. However, often the things we didn't see coming are more stressful and more dramatic because we haven't taken the time to prepare for what we know is coming, and the unexpected things have just piled on top of every day things!
So, "READY OR NOT...HERE I COME!" Are we prepared?? (Do I need to mention that Jesus will say this too someday... and there is preparation that needs to be done for that as well.)
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.