Be Prepared

It would be foolish to survive a storm and not learn something. Now folks in our area are stocked up on candles, batteries, bottled water, and canned foods. Outdoor solar lights work great in the house. We learned to open fridges and freezers as little as possible. We hope not to panic next time. The storm always passes.

These spiritual truths also became evident. Storms happen in our lives. They may start out quietly, but then escalate. Though we often have warnings, we don’t often pay attention.

It seems that suddenly we are hit with illness, misery, financial distress, even death. Our heart may grow cold, but if we lean on God, we will survive the storm and be stronger for it.

There is a story about two guys who found themselves in the same field as an angry bull. One cried out, “Run! Run fast!” The other yelled, “Shouldn’t we pray first?” The reply was short and sweet and delivered on the gallop. “Run faster. I stay prayed up for times like this!”

Are you ready for life’s storms?

One day he and his disciples got in a boat. “Let’s cross the lake,” he said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and he fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Getting to his feet, he told the wind, “Silence!” and the waves, “Quiet down!” They did it. The lake became smooth as glass. Then he said to his disciples, “Why can’t you trust me?” (Luke 8:22-25, MSG)

Prayer – Dear God, Help us trust you more and more, especially in the storms of life. Amen

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