I have learned that a missionary must be prepared and ready at all times and in all situations. “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Matt.24:44). For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand (2 Tim.4:6). Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine” (2 Tim.4:2). Well, once I was not ready. Carlene and I stayed in a home that only had three teenage girls. We were given their room and use of their bathroom. The bedroom was a room full of bears, dolls and cosmetics, and a filled closet. After we removed all the pillows, bears and dolls from the bed we did not have much space left. The girl’s restroom was next big surprise. I entered the twilight zone of a world shared by three girls. I was amazed at the pretty towels, pictures, and decorations. It was definitely not a man’s room. A real man feels awkward in a pink bath room. As I shaved I could not find a bar of soap so I used a pump bottle that contained perfume soap (Yuk!). As I dried my face I could not find a real towel. The towels were all displays. Finally, I took a shower. Surprise! As the water sprayed, I could not find a bar of soap, but I counted 32 different bottles, but no soap. I really had a problem, because without my glasses, I could not read the small print on the labels. But I could see pictures of fruits and flowers. It seemed all were shampoos, conditioners, and fragrant body washes. I knew when I used conditioners because there were no suds. I continued until I found some thing that made smelly apricot suds. Later, at church I realized the fragrant shampoo gave me a scent that was not too manly. The men sniffed and then gave me a funny look. Women sniffed and gave a pleasing smile. Well, I learned my lesson. Guess what I now keep in my travel bag. That’s right, a bar of men’s soap. I have learned my lesson. I must be ready at all times. “…to be ready to every good work” (Titus 3:1). If the Lord comes today, are you ready? I am ready for the Lord to come, and I am now ready to every good work. Are you ready? Be ready at all times or you could smell like apricots.
Selah! One day the Lord could say, “Here I come ‘ready or not.'”