Lenten Series: I Wish We’d All Been Ready

Corona Baptist

In our small rural community, singing was a favorite pastime. Nearly everyone was a high school choir member. (With fifty-some students in the high school, we needed every voice!)

Our church youth group was blessed with strong vocalists, a bass guitar player, and a willing youth leader who played a mean piano. Over a few months, we prepared a program that was about an hour long. We even enlisted our moms to help us sew matching dresses in various pastel gingham shades.

After a test run in our home church, we were ready to accept invitations to other churches. It was exciting to be able to sing praises to God and encourage others in small communities. For all our work, we probably presented the blended musical program seven or eight times.

One time we were in a small, non-air-conditioned church on a warm, humid, summer evening. The platform was smaller than usual so we were generating a lot of heat without much air movement.

Interior like Corona Methodist Church

The contemporary piece “I Wish We’d All Been Ready” was a favorite of ours. In fact, we’d edited the ending to “Don’t be left….” without resolving the final chord. (Pretty hip for the early 1970’s!)

This night, just as we sang that, one of the guys in the back row crumpled to the floor. The crowd loved it, thinking that it was an effect for the message of the song. However, it wasn’t! I don’t remember what happened, but I think an adult took him out of the church into some cooler air and had him drink some water. It was just a case of too much heat and locked knees.

The message of this song remains powerful, a summary of what Jesus tells us in Luke 17.

Luke 17:28-36The Message (MSG)

28-30 “It was the same in the time of Lot—the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp. That’s how it will be—sudden, total—when the Son of Man is revealed.

31-33 “When the Day arrives and you’re out working in the yard, don’t run into the house to get anything. And if you’re out in the field, don’t go back and get your coat. Remember what happened to Lot’s wife! If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you’ll lose it, but if you let that life go, you’ll get life on God’s terms.

34-35 “On that Day, two men will be in the same boat fishing—one taken, the other left. Two women will be working in the same kitchen—one taken, the other left.”

We watch the signs of the time and believe that the Lord’s second coming is near. So did the disciples. What we do know is that it is closer than ever before.

Don’t be left….

return of Christ

I Wish We’d All Been Ready

By Larry Norman

Life was filled with guns and war
and everyone got trampled on the floor
I wish we’d all been ready

children died the days grew cold
a piece of bread could buy a bag of gold
I wish we’d all been ready

there’s no time to change your mind
the son has come and you’ve been left behind
a man and wife asleep in bed
she hears a noise and turns her head
he’s gone
I wish we’d all been ready

two men walking up a hill
one disappears and one’s left standing still
I wish we’d all been ready

there’s no time to change your mind
the son has come and you’ve been left behind

there’s no time to change your mind
how could you have been so blind
the father spoke the demons dined
the son has come and you’ve been left behind

you’ve been left behind
don’t be left

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