“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.”
So this parable in plain English goes like this: ten girls wait eagerly to meet a bridegroom. The girls wait, and wait, and wait…and then fall asleep – all ten of them.
Finally the call comes, “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!”
The girls wake up, rub their eyes, and trim the wicks on their lamps. They did this because they want to help light the way for the bridegroom to enter the wedding festivities. They want to be part of the procession…part of the celebration…part of the big entrance.
But five of them have to drop out of the gathering crowd because they are not well prepared; they have run out of oil, so they have to go and try to buy more.
This parable is about being prepared and faithful. It questions whether we are able to wait and persevere in faith for the Lord to come.
The fact that each of the five girls had to drop out to go and buy their own oil also tells us that we cannot rely on a friend’s faith, or the faith of anybody else for that matter.
Our faith and our preparedness is our responsibility alone.
Dear God, I want to be a light for You, prepared and faithful in all I do. Help me through daily conversations with You to stay fueled and trimmed and bright, until you come again. Amen.