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Sleeping On Duty

While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. Matt. 25:5.

When my husband, Morris, and I travel long distances, he does the driving and I give the directions. Recently we headed for Kentucky on our way to Hinsdale, Illinois, to visit our daughter, Chioma, and grandson, Nikolas. The night before, I took care of last-minute details and didn’t get much sleep. About two hours into the trip, I was suddenly awakened from a deep sleep by my husband’s agonizing cry, “Oh, no! The police are following me.” I looked back to see what I dreaded most—blue and red flashing lights.
Morris pulled over, and the policeman approached my side of the car. “Sir, do you know you were speeding? Let me have your driver's license and registration,” the policeman commanded.

Nervously, my husband retrieved the documents. The officer took them to his car and, after a few minutes, returned with a speeding ticket. I wasn’t happy and told the officer that he could have given my husband a warning instead of a ticket.

“Ma'am, he was going 85 miles an hour in a 70-mile-an-hour zone!” he replied sternly.

We had the option of appearing before a judge the following week, or paying the $187.50 fine, the price for one airline ticket. Morris had declined our daughter's offer to purchase airline tickets for us. Guilt overwhelmed me as I looked at the speeding ticket. Had I been awake, I might have alerted my husband to the fact that he was speeding.

Sadly, we continued our journey, but thoughts of Jesus' Second Coming and the 10 virgins kept surfacing in my mind. Every day, signs of His imminent return are bombarding us. There is not much time left. Many of us are asleep, oblivious to what's happening around us. Soon the loud cry will resound: “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!” (Matt. 25:6). Will I be among those who will look up and say, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us” (Isa. 25:9), or will I again be found sleeping on duty?

My husband had two options—and so do we. We can either confess our sins now and make things right, or appear before the Judge, Jesus Christ, to answer for the wrongs we have committed. The choice is ours. I want to be ready to see Jesus when He comes. How about you?

Shirley C. Iheanacho

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