Are you ready?

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I am 37 weeks pregnant, and the question I have gotten for a month now is, "are you ready?" Seeing as this is my first pregnancy, I have no idea what I need to be ready for. I keep packing and re-packing our hospital bags with new things people suggest. I don't have our house scheduled to be deep cleaned until next week. However, baby is not born yet and somehow we have child locks on our chemical cabinets. Part of me feels ready because our cabinets are secure from a newborn who can't even access them for a year. We also installed her carseat and her bedroom is ready with a toy bin she won't use for a year or so! The other part feels as if she will arrive before I feel every last detail is done such as making sure our oven is deep cleaned and our baseboards have been scrubbed. 

In the meantime I have slowly noticed changes happening to my body and anticipate labor is near. However in pregnancy, we never know when true labor is going to happen. The signs could be there for hours, days or weeks. Nothing really means anything. It’s all so unpredictable! I don’t know when the real thing will come, so I’ve been living on my toes as if she could come any day. It hit me that is exactly what the Bible means when it says to live prepared for Jesus’ return at any moment.

Matthew 24:42  "Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come."

The signs of the end times are revealed in the Bible just like google has the signs of childbirth. But neither Christian, nor mother knows when the time will come. Mother doesn’t know when delivery will come and Christian doesn’t know when Jesus will return to deliver us.
It says in the Bible that it is not for us to know the date and time, only for us to live prepared. If we stay prepared, we don’t have to get prepared.

1 Thessalonians 5:2-4 says "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."

Jesus told the church in Sardis in Revelation 3:3, "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee."

Of course I’ve learned about this before, but I have a more clear understanding now. Experiencing what it’s like to go through pre-labor…to think she’s coming and then she doesn’t…to plan for her... To hope she comes when her grandparents are in town but really having no idea when it will be happening! It is 100% certain she is coming. That is a fact and I can’t be off my game any day because it could be the day.

We are in pre-labor end times now. We feel the contractions and the pain of being separated from our true home in Heaven. We get frustrated when we don’t see relief or get deliverance. We are pregnant with expectation. It feels like He is so close, yet still so far. But we know 100% for certain that He is coming. So we can’t afford to be off our game one day either. We want to be ready at any moment. The signs may be there for a while, but He will come suddenly…just like a baby.

How interesting that God created pregnancy, labor, and delivery to be used as significant symbolism for God’s ultimate redemption plan. And even more interesting that He chose women to be the bearers of it. We are life-bearers. We get to show and partner with men in what it looks like to prepare expectantly for the promise.

Just as we prepare for our baby to be delivered into the world, God is hoping we get prepared for Him to deliver us. The concept is so real to me now. Our time is near. It could be today, it could be ten years from now. It isn’t for us to know or try to predict. It’s only for us to live prepared with the assurance of the promise.

Regardless of the pre-labor contractions and having no idea what day it will be, my daughter is coming. Regardless of what you’re going through, the temptations, the disappointment…Jesus is coming. I feel like God is saying it’s time for our generation to stop living like He’s not coming or that the time is far off. It’s time for us to live with the alertness and expectancy of His arrival.

I want to have a clear conscience, caught in the middle of doing good when He comes back. So my question for you is, are you ready?