We can never know about the days to come. But we think about them anyway, And I wonder if I’m really with you now or just chasing after some finer day.
is making me late, is keeping me waiting.
Carly Simon made those lyrics famous in 1971. She wrote them while waiting for Cat Stevens to pick her up for a date (fun fact).
Heinz ketchup capitalized on those words for their commercials in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Who doesn’t recall eagerly anticipating the ketchup to emerge from the bottle onto that juicy burger or a pile of fries?
Currently, the entire Northeast sits in high-alert Anticipation mode for its first major snowstorm, Jonas, to arrive this weekend. The news is predicting 50 million people will be affected by this winter storm.
So in true American style, we (me included) head to the stores to stock up on food and other necessities. Sporting events are being cancelled. We can’t be trapped without chocolate. Flights are being diverted. We need milk too. Travel now or we won’t be traveling anywhere. Get more toilet paper. My husband’s work sent out an email detailing how to prepare in Anticipation of being stuck at work this weekend. We are scrambling in Anticipation of a storm that may or may not live up to its hype. Get more bread and eggs. Plans are being devised. Preparation is underway. Our eyes are on the skies in Anticipation.
Just like our upside-down ketchup bottles, we seek answers to similar questions: When will it come? How much will come? Will it come all at once? Will it be too much or just the right amount?
A much bigger and more significant event is coming. Am I preparing in Anticipation for it? Am I bustling about in high gear making sure I am ready; making sure my loved ones are ready? This event is a guarantee; not a possible bust like some winter storms.
Therefore be on alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming. But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will. Matthew 24: 42-44 NIV
If Jonas shows up, I will have lots of indoor time to look long and hard at my preparation for His Coming. I may find myself on my knees with a box of Kleenex as I recognize my deep lack of heart-readiness.
When I venture outside to shovel, I will be dreaming about “Chasing after some finer days.” Eternity with my Lord and Savior sounds quite lovely. No shoveling in Heaven, right, Lord?
Why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into Heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into Heaven.” Acts 1:11 NIV
The skies may bring snow and ice this weekend; but they will usher Him in one day too. May I care more about preparing my heart and mind for Him than I do about stocking my fridge. Anticipation is keeping me waiting.