Everyone loves a good parade. As you stand in place on the sidewalk a colourful processional passes by in front of you. Those in the parade are representing a theme, an event and the values of the special day. Often they participate to bring attention to their organization or team.

One New Year's Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil resources, its truck was out of gas. [i] 

That is a picture of unpreparedness. How did the company representative responsible for the float feel when it stalled out? You may have had a similar feeling when you dreamed you were at school sitting in your underwear. Ever have that dream? It’s an unnerving one!

Jesus told parables and taught about the need for us to be spiritually prepared for His appearing. Some of the stories illustrate a dreadful truth—not everyone will be prepared even if they are marching in His parade.

[i] Steve Blankenship in God Came Near by Max Lucado, Multnomah Press, 1987, p. 95.