In the evolutionary process of LIFE, when the next SPURT of OPPORTUNITY would come is uncertain. Greater uncertainty is, whether we would be around when it happens.
The greatest of uncertainties is whether we will RECOGNIZE it when it happens, and ACT PROMPTLY & WISELY!
THE PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS (Gospel of Matthew) BEAUTIFULLY BRINGS OUT THE GREATER UNCERTAINTY in BEING AROUND WHEN IT HAPPENS!!
The ten virgins had waited with HOPE, therefore they all had the VISION to wait and be caught up with the BRIDEGROOM. They also knew that they had to have enough oil to keep them going, but when the five left for the oil, the BRIDEGROOM came and they were left behind. The uncertainty of the time of arrival of the BRIDEGROOM, cannot be allowed to slacken our READINESS. Readiness had to include even the BACK UP, so that we do not leave the scene of ACTION for procuring material to sustain us thru the scene of ACTION.
The unwise Virgins, should have engaged the services of the vision-less virgins to procure oil, while they stay on in the scene of ACTION. It would have been better if they had stayed around and used up the oil in waiting, than to leave the scene of action and be stranded.
TIME & TIDE WAIT FOR NO MAN, NOR FOR ANY WOMAN!!