Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, No so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
This passage really ministered to me, because I was reminded of how important it is to plan wisely and to try and be ready for whatever comes. Or, you will get passed by. It's like planning to be a stay at home mother. You have to get your finances in order, or find some way to supplement your husband's income, if it is necessary, for you to stay at home. Otherwise, you could end up going back to work, and missing out on valuable, precious time with your sweet babies. This parable could apply to so many different areas of life. To plan and be wise, and then you won't be passed by.