“When I get around to it.” How often do we find ourselves saying that about things we know we should do, but for which we just don’t manage to make the time?
Today there was another development in the case of the NFL players and their friend lost at sea. A couple of days before the accident another friend, one who declined the invitation to go with the four men, recommended a valuable piece of equipment to the boat’s owner. It’s called an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). It goes off immediately when a boat capsizes and signals GPS coordinates to search and rescue teams. They range in cost anywhere from $400 to $1400, and the boat’s owner agreed that he should purchase one for his boat. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the time to do so before he and and his friends took off on the fatal trip.
Aren’t we all so very much like that? It’s so easy to put things off when the danger doesn’t seem immediate. We go around with our list of things to do when we get around to it. Trouble is, we usually don’t get around to it.
The story of the four friends is tragic and we pray for their families, we pray for them, we pray for a miracle that somehow they’ll be found alive. Or at least found at all for the sake of those they’ve left behind.
It can be like this in our spiritual lives. This is a good time to think about the spiritual EPRBs we have available to us – Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, Adoration, Lectiio Divina, spiritual direction and more. They range in cost anywhere from 5 mintues to 5 hours and send out a GPS signal to our heavenly Father that we don’t want to be lost at sea. Cetainly we’d all agreed that we should take advantage of these devices. Hopefully we won’t wait until we get around to it, because by then it might be too late.