This weekend the PNW has been under storm watch. Everyone has been glued to the news and media as we have had high wind warnings and power outage expectancy. Everyone is grabbing last minute items to make sure they are ready when it hits.
My Big was supposed to go camping this weekend with her Girls Scout troop and I hadn’t fully made up my mind whether I was going to let her go. (Full storm warning wasn’t in effect at that time.) One thing was for sure if she was going to go, she needed a flash light, as she lost the one I let her borrow for her last Girl Scout camp out. We had agreed that since she lost the one I let her borrow she had to buy a new one. I decided that we should go to Wal-Mart and pick one up.
As we were at Wal-Mart picking out a flashlight equal to the one she lost, the sales associate made a comment.
“Good thing you are grabbing yours now, tomorrow the shelves will be completely empty.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Storms coming.” He said matter-of-factly.
See, this bewildered me as I couldn’t believe that people weren’t prepared. We were only here for a replacement flashlight, in case she was going camping. I had multiple flashlights at home in case of a power outage. In fact we have buckets of food with a 25 year shelf life to feed us for a month, LifeStraws, emergency blankets, candles, oil lamps, ammo and lots of extra batteries for our many flashlights.
Growing up in CA in the mountains, we were prepared in case we were snowed in or in the event of an earthquake. That’s just how you lived. Since moving to the PNW it shocks me how many people live unprepared. Now we certainly don’t have the threats that other places have, but none the less one should always be prepared.
It made me think further that how often as Christians do we really take time to prepare for the storms of life? Are we protecting ourselves ahead of time from the wiles of the enemy? Are we daily, building our fortress, sharpening our swords and making sure we have enough “food” to live off? Or are we like so many who, because there is no immediate threat, are caught off guard and scraping at the leftovers?
Storms in life will always come, in fact we can almost count on at least weathering through one in our lives. And our spiritual lives? You can count on many. So is your house built on the sand or the rock? When the waves come crashing are you prepared?
46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.[a] 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell.[b] And the ruin of that house was great.”
This storm was not bad in the area that we live in, but it was for some not too far from where we live. Storms hit us in different ways, at different times. Just because this one wasn’t as present as you had assumed, don’t be blindsided by the next one.
Are you prepared? I pray we all are.