"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
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There is the most amazingly beautiful tree in a church yard that I pass on my way home from a nearby town. I noticed it as the leaves turned a vivid apricot, orange color that dances on your eyes like a blazing fire in the afternoon sunlight. The tree is located on the highway, so I couldn't pull over to take a picture of it. I told myself that the next time I passed it I would make a point to stop in a safe place to get a picture. Only a day later, as I approached the tree, I was sad to see that half the leaves had fallen off and the remaining ones had turned from blazing to dull. I had missed the moment.
This reminded me of the parable of the ten virgins found in Matthew 25:1-13, "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’ “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour."
God has offered us eternity. It is ours for the accepting. We have this moment to prepare, to accept Him. We never know if this would be our last chance. I pray you accept the offer and not miss the moment.