Till the whistle blows…

John 11:8-10 (NKJV)

The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

This blog is dedicated to K.H. \\ The best is yet to come.

When I was a boy—growing up on the “Mill hill”, one of the constants of life was the blowing of the whistle that announced the changing of the work shifts in the textile mills that dotted the landscape in those days. When the whistle blew it was quitting time and the workers could lay down their labors for another day and head home for some welcomed rest.

It was that same concept that Jesus had in mind when he spoke of twelve hours of light.

The issue for him was not whether or not it would be safe to go back to Bethany to help his friend but whether there was still time in his work shift—and the answer was yes.

For certain, Jesus’ work shift was almost up—the whistle was soon to blow and Jesus would announce, “It is finished.”

But the whistle had not blown yet; there was still time for one last work of grace. Matter of fact, Jesus’ greatest miracle (the raising of Lazarus from the dead) was one of his very last works before going to Calvary.

If you are reading this then it means the whistle has not blown for you yet either. No matter your age or situation, if there is life there is still a work to do. Matter of fact, like Jesus and so many others whose lives are recorded in the bible, you can have every expectation that your greatest works can be your last works.

  • The ONE THING for today: There is a world of difference between waiting for the whistle to blow and working until the whistle blows. One day the “whistle” will indeed blow announcing the end of your life’s-work here on earth—but not yet; you still have something meaningful and fulfilling to do.


Psalm 92:13-15 (NKJV)  

13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing, 15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. 



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One thought on “Till the whistle blows…

  1. I really like ’til the last whistle blows’! I know that I am getting closer every day and I’m ready. Your post reminds me of a title I wrote some years ago to a story or poem that I intended to write but didn’t. ‘Til The Last Bell Rings’. I was thinking of the last school bell at the time and all my thoughts seemed to disappear. Maybe they will come back again before the ‘last whistle blows’. Love you and your blogs! Aunt Bernice


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