I never took the perils of Y2K seriously. I haven’t heeded any predictions for the end of the world on any particular date. Usually, I hardly pay attention to weather forecasts because I’ve learned that, after all, there is little we can do about the weather.
The meteorologist predicted 10-15 inches of snow here last week and another 6 inches this week. Schools and activitites were canceled all across the state.
I found myself doing a few things differently. In preparation. If things happen as they say they will, then what can I do today to minimize the consequences? I filled my car up with gas. I went to the grocery store. I finished a project at work ahead of schedule. I thought things through a bit more methodically.
It all made me think how well prepared we could be if we knew what these lives of ours would hand us. If we knew what kind of storm was coming, we could make sure we had what we needed to make it through. Perhaps we would fortify our faith, surround ourselves with friends and loved ones and make sure we had a soft place to land. Or maybe we could stock up on portions of patience for the trying times and closets of kleenex for the especially sad times.
Granted, there is no way to prepare for some of the circumstances that we encounter. What life has taught us all is that there is no way of predicting some of the destruction or devastation that will come our way. We have learned that the wind or the sun or the rain, ice or snow can cause consequences far beyond a change in temperature. On the other hand, we have also learned that some of the ‘predictions’ never come to pass. That six inches of snow with blizard conditions that we were supposed to get Monday and Tuesday? We had none of it. Whatever time was spent worrying or even preparing, was for nothing.
Perhaps that is why we are instructed to live today well and not worry about tomorrow. No matter what kind of conditions we encounter, it seems it is a healthy combination of faith and wisdom that will carry us through. No matter what situation you find yourself in today, I encourage you to cling fast to your faith and seek wisdom for it all!
Pondering Preparedness With You,