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Intruder at 10 p.m.!

February 13, 2008

My husband, Randall, and I decided to go to bed early one night not long ago. Usually we set our security alarm, but that particular night we didn’t. Around 10:00 I heard the security alarm make a beeping noise, indicating that someone was coming through the door! I reached over to wake up Randall. “Honey, I heard the security alarm beep!”

Randall, half asleep, didn’t respond much. Then we both heard footsteps coming up the stairs. I grabbed the cordless phone and ran into the bathroom, ready to call 9-1-1. Randall, still half asleep, sat frozen on the side of the bed, unable to move. We heard the intruder come down the hall and stop in front of our doorway! After looking in our room, the intruder continued to the next room, went inside, then came back out and walked down the hall.

By this time Randall was up and moving—he jumped into the closet, where he waited for me to make the next move. I got to thinking, This person seems way too relaxed in our home. I made my way to our bedroom door and wait to see what would happen next. Then the intruder started walking back toward me, and I recognized who it was—my daughter, Brittany!

Brittany is in her first year of college, and she had decided on a whim to come home for the weekend, but she didn’t call to let us know she was coming. I got a little upset with her. “Something could’ve happened while you were traveling home, and we wouldn’t have even known!” I scolded a little bit, but I was too happy to see her to fuss a whole lot.

After Brittany’s big scare, I got to thinking about Jesus’ coming. We don’t know when He’s coming, but we do know it’ll be when we don’t expect it—like Brittany’s late-night visit (see Matthew 24:42-44). My husband and I kind of acted like the 10 virgins; I was ready with my phone to call for help, but he was caught completely unaware, not prepared at all for someone to break into our house (see Matthew 25:1-13).

If we know, love, and trust Jesus, we don’t have to be afraid of His return, because we’ll be ready. I want to be ready, do you? If you want to, here’s how you can be ready to meet Jesus:

1. Know Him—read His Word and get to know Him better and better.

2. Love Him—it’s not all that hard to love Someone who loves you first (1 John 4:10)

3. Trust Him—it makes life a whole lot easier anyway (Proverbs 3:5, 6).

- Re: Intruder at 10 p.m.! from dave-kenya, February 24, 2008

Really noce story. I want to be ready too when Jesus comes. Please pray for me.

- Re: Intruder at 10 p.m.! from nano, February 23, 2008

this was really nice, Brenda. i want to be ready for Jesus' coming, too...hopefully we'll all be there=)

- Re: Intruder at 10 p.m.! from Shayna, February 22, 2008

Great story, Brenda! I was getting tense there for a second while I was reading! Very well written :)

- Re: Intruder at 10 p.m.! from Hannah Keiser, February 21, 2008

That was a good story. I want to be ready when Jesus comes too!

- Re: Intruder at 10 p.m.! from Michelle, February 21, 2008

Brenda, what a great blog! Thank you for sharing this testimony. It really made me think.

- Re: Intruder at 10 p.m.! from n/a, February 18, 2008

I enjoyed this story very much. Crystal Earnhardt

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