As soon as my husband came back home from work, he handed me a piece of paper. Under the title, “Overseas Travel Supplies,” many things were recorded such as the precautions for the passport or the ticket and the list of necessities during the trip.
“It will rain a lot and will be really hot. You must bring an umbrella and a raincoat. There’re many mosquitoes, so prepare medications for insect bites …”
While I was reading the list he gave me, he was adding more supplies to the list. “It’ll be better to buy new shoes, and cup noodles, chili paste … and be careful not to forget an umbrella.” On the top of the paper, I wrote down everything that he told me. My husband is very meticulous. In a good way to say, he is thorough in preparedness. He prepares everything ahead of time. He prepares even the things that need to be done after one or two months, so that he can feel at ease.
Even though it is a sunny day, he checks the weather forecast and if it says that it’ll rain, he prepares an umbrella for himself and even for me. And if there’s news about a typhoon, he is busy calling his own parents and his parents-in law as well several days before it.
“Mom, don’t go outside today or tomorrow,” “Mother, it’ll rain, please be careful.”
He calls both mothers at intervals of a few hours. My mother compliments him, saying that her son-in-law takes more care of her than her daughter does. As for me, if it wasn’t something to happen now, I thought it was enough to prepare later when the time came. So I usually took time to prepare things. When I was in elementary school, I did my vacation homework three days before school started and wrote my one month diary in one day. When I was in middle school and high school, leaving one week before the exam, I studied sometimes all night long without sleep. Since I prepared things, being pressed for time, I was always saying, “Busy! Busy!”
After I got married, unknowingly I learned to prepare things from my husband. On our honeymoon, looking at me rushing out for service, my husband would shake his head. And why not? He’s a person who goes to his company even an hour before his office-going hour. Since he’d been keeping this habit for almost 20 years without omission, my unpreparedness must have been so frustrating to him. Not because my husband said so, but in order to be a child of God with sincere belief I needed to have a habit of preparing. Later on, I tried to prepare things ahead of time.
Today early in the morning, my husband left for his business trip. While I was cleaning up, I saw the list which my husband gave me. To see if I hadn’t missed anything for him, I checked the list closely one by one. Suddenly, I thought to myself, ‘What am I doing? I read through this yesterday several times, why am I checking this again?’At that moment, the words of God came to me.
Luke 12:56 “You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?”
It’s really true. We prepare umbrellas when we see the weather, and we prepare things on an itinerary, checking them again and again. However, for the kingdom of heaven where we will go soon, are we preparing for that? Have we not become too relaxed, though knowing we must prepare for what is to come, thinking, ‘Everything will work out somehow’?
The fruit of preaching which Apostle Paul bore, the divine nature which Apostle Peter emphasized, the endurance which Job showed us, the faith which Abraham kept, and the love and sacrifice which Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother have set us an example of … We won’t be able to prepare all this in a moment. The five foolish virgins were unable to enter the wedding banquet because they were trying to prepare their oil at the last minute. If we do not want to end up like them, we must prepare fully to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Just as we prepare things as it is written on the list, though we think we’re doing well, we have to check ourselves if we are truly doing well in the eyes of God. All the things that we need for our souls are recorded in the Bible and in the Teachings of Mother. We shall accustom ourselves to them even by checking them off one by one, starting from right now!
MJ Kim from Korea