I awoke this morning at approximately 0815. When I staggered out to the living room, my wife asked me if I had heard all the sirens.
“What sirens?” I asked, knowing nothing of which she spoke.
“The sirens out on the 401,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I heard them when I woke up at twenty to seven.”
Now, my wife is a light sleeper. “How light?” you ask? Most mornings, she hears her clock radio go click before the alarm comes on, and shuts it off, rising. Not me. Not only did I miss those sirens, only a few hundred metres from my ear, I have been known to miss – back in my undergraduate, pre-CPAP days – university dorm fire alarms.
I’m fairly sure I’d hear the smoke detector go off, but sirens on the 401? Not today.
It got me thinking: What kinds of things do we sleep through? The parable of the ten bridesmaids in Matthew 25.1-13 is a good reminder. What are our priorities? What matters to us?
Was I going to be able to do anything about those sirens on the 401? Nope. Could I do anything if my smoke detector went off? You bet. There’s the difference.
When it comes to waiting for the Bridegroom to reappear, there is something we can do: “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return” (Matthew 25.13, NLT).