TODAY THE WORDS are WHEN THE TIMER GOES OFF. For all of us who bake, we are familiar with the timer on the oven and most of us use it frequently. It helps us know when the baking is completed and it is time to remove the dish from the oven. In other words, the job is completed and it needs our attention. It gives us a heads up in order to keep the food from burning. It also allows us to work on other dishes without having to stand over the oven all of the time. We use timers for so many things today. We set them for reminders to do things, washers have timers, dryers have timers and can even buzz us and still keep the clothes turning, and several people take their medications by timers. Let us go back to the oven timer for a lesson in life. If we forget to set the timer on the oven and we get busy with other things, we may forget to check the progress or the status of our food and it may burn. Life works the same way…..and now for the deeper thought……in this life, some timers are set and the buzzer goes off with a warning that it is time to get things ready to complete the dish and remove it safely to its destination. Some ovens may not have timers and no warning is made. The time comes up unexpectedly and we don’t know exactly how much time we have left before we have to take the dish out. I am saying this as we sometimes are allowed a timer to go off and other times we are not aware of how much time is left on this earth for any of us. I lost my brothers at early ages; Carlton was taken out of this life with no warning at the age of 24 by a bullet and my other brother Joe, 41 who only had 7 months of timing when diagnosed with fatal melanoma. The difference was the 7 months Joe was “notified” by his timer going off while Carlton had no timer set. We are not guaranteed of tomorrow or even to see today completed and whether a timer is set or whether we have to watch on our own; we need to realize what is expected to complete our lives in a way no matter the minute, no matter the hour; no matter the day; we are prepared to have our journey to God’s destination. This morning, so early and in prayer for others, I had the song, “When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there” cross my heart and mind. That is a wonderful timer setting for me.
DAILY FEATURED BIBLE VERSE:
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
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