In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. – Luke 17:31-32
This scripture, poured into every chamber of my heart this week and filled me with questions. What can I do to be ready? Because if you’re ready there’s no reason to look back. Lot’s wife wasn’t ready. Travelling light, no baggage? Can I do anything to prepare?
Earlier verses reveal we’ll not know of His return. It’ll be a day like any other..filled with cares and struggles, joy and LIFE. It’ll be business as usual and we’ll have to be ready.
I’ll have to prepare. Can I devise a plan to prepare my family, my loved ones and community? What will I have to do to be ready? It troubled me to think that as much as I cherish the dear souls I’ve crossed paths with – in this life, I won’t be able to. I can plant the word and live my life in a way that points to Christ but I can’t get them ready. Readiness is personal. I can only ready myself.
Just before bed last night Alvin Ailey’s “I Wanna Be Ready” crossed my mind. This lyrical piece full of grace, and control is a solo in the ballet “Revelations”. The choreography is simple yet demanding, requiring the dancers’ complete mastery of his center…his core. The word? This was the visual I needed. And I thought “Mr. Ailey knew what he was doing. This dance is a solo. Getting ready is a solo act”. I can teach the choreography and attend a few rehearsals with my dancers (family) but in the end it’s a dance we’ll all do alone. Each step perfected as a result of the discipline of independent, individual practice and – application of the word.
And for a moment my mama’s heart filled with a thousand what ifs. Because I so want to experience eternity with my loved ones. So I watched the video a few times. Letting the movement and melody take over…ministering to me. And realized the dancer was never alone. He pulled on his inner strength, his core and center to perform the piece. He had a partner. Jesus was at the center of it all. The dancer used wisdom and tapped into his core. The core that never fails. The core that is all knowing. The core was the word. And the word is God.
When we have the word we are never alone. We’ll each have to figure it out but we won’t do it alone. The solo is now the most intimate duet. My invisible partner…yours..is Jesus.
I imagined this dancer full of the word. Ready.
Lord give us the grace to be ready…to fill our hearts with Your word. Your word will give us the confidence to live life with no regrets – NOW! We’ll have no reason to look back.
If you have the time…sow these 3 minutes into your life and be blessed.