Scheduling Conflict

What a day that will be

If everything goes the way it should, May 21, 2011 is going to be a great day.  It’s a day that many have anticipated with joy for a very long time.  It will be a day of great celebration, acclamation, shouts of joy… a day of reunions with loved ones long separated, hopes realized, dreams fulfilled. Yup, it will be a great day.

So what will be happening that day…? Graduation from SIBI, of course!!!

I’ve recognized for a little while now that there is a potential scheduling conflict.  It was brought home for me again yesterday in a sermon I heard.  In all seriousness, I don’t believe Jesus will return on May 21 – history has consistently proven Jesus’ words true.  He is coming “like a thief in the night”.  Attempts to predict his return almost seem like challenges to his word; I don’t personally see that he would validate this latest pretension over any of the dozens of others in the past.

But then again, he could.  There is certainly nothing stopping him.  He could come before then.  He could come before I finish typing this.  Or before you finish reading it.

I wonder, if I had to choose between Jesus’ return and my graduation, how I would handle the conflict.  It’s possible that as we are caught up in the minutiae and details of life, our priorities can get a little bit out of focus.  Our ultimate hope – to see Jesus in peace – can be subordinated to our desire to graduate from school, or get a promotion, or see our kids grow up, or watch our favorite team play, or go on vacation…

May we always be able to say with joyful anticipation – “Come, Lord Jesus”.


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