Around here, that question gets asked every Sunday morning. Are you ready? Once we both say yes, then we head out to church. In fact, the same question is asked every time we are going anywhere!
One of my sons often texts that question to me on game days. Are you ready for some football? Then the texts continue as we are both watch our favorite team (Go Gamecocks!) and share commentary as the game progresses.
During this election season, we find ourselves often asking Are you ready? And most often the question ends with the phrase for this to be over, as we have grown weary of the rancor and bitterness that seems so much a part of the election cycle, and more so with each election. And we are also finding ourselves are you ready for this to be over in reference to Covid and masks and social distancing. (That's an oxymoron if I ever heard one!)
We ask Are you ready? about all sorts of things. Appointments. Activities. Football games. Parties. All the events of life. It's important to be prepared - to be ready - for these things.
But the question must also be asked regarding an event yet to come, the most important of all events. It's an important question about an important event. And making preparation today will mean you are ready tomorrow, or the next day, or whenever this event occurs.
"Why do you stand looking up into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come again in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven." (Acts 1:11 NASB, emphasis mine)
Jesus is coming again. Are you ready?
Jesus is coming to earth again;
What if it were today?
(from the hymn "What If It Were Today?"; words and music by Lelia N. Moris)