Next time I tune a piano, I will be ready. I learned the hard way about the importance of being prepared or even over-prepared. Well, maybe that’s not such a good idea, but here’s the gist of it – I wasn’t as prepared as I might have thought.
On Monday, I had a piano tuning job in Jackson, about 20 minutes away. I had directions on my phone and it looked like a pretty easy trip. It wasn’t. For one thing, there were lots of turns. I thought I could just look at my phone every time I needed to know which turn was next. What I didn’t think about was that I would have to pull over, stop, type in the pin number on my phone, pull the app up, and confirm/reconfirm my next steps. Mistake number one.
Because of my confusion over directions, which would have been solved if I had written them out, I was late for my appointment. The homeowner was late too, so that worked out. The tuning itself was pretty straightforward, but it would have made it smoother if I had batteries in my headlamp and sticky notes to mark the tuning pegs. The tuning took a little over two hours, which is about right. The owner was very appreciative and said his neighbor also wanted her piano tuned. I gave him my number to give to her, so that was cool.
The man’s house was in a subdivision – a very big subdivision. With no battery power on my phone, I had no GPS. I ended up making a wrong turn and was late coming home, which made Karen late for a Sunday School get together.
So with all that said, what is the spiritual application? I think it is this: We need to be ready for when Jesus returns. How can we get ready? I can think of three things off the top of my head.
1.) Keep in communication with Jesus, all day long, in every situation. If there is something you need to know, ask Him to show you what it is.
2.) Keep growing in your faith by digging into the Word, spending time with other believers, and taking steps of faith when the opportunity arises.
3.) Look for opportunities to share the love and Word of Jesus.
None of this is required. It is in response to a growing relationship with Christ, just spending time with Him, crying out to Him, just whatever else comes in a growing relationship.
(Note: I apologize for the delay in getting this posted. More posts coming soon.)