Storm Preparedness

Last week as Haiti was being pounded, the people along the coast all of suddenly realized they needed to get ready for the approaching storm.  Every year beginning in April  the media, utility  companies and government agencies repeat the message along the coast, in advance, urging people to be prepared for hurricane season.  Apparently, many had not heeded the advanced warnings.  Candles, flashlights, batteries, gas cans, small propane canisters, bottled water and other emergency items were gone.  Stock clerks were stalked as they came out of the back of the store as patrons desperately searched for needed items.  Stores were reporting they were selling out of electric fans as people were concerned that they would have AC for a while. (So why would you think electric fans would work?)  Home improvement stores sold out of plywood and drills as people began anxiously trying to board up their homes.

Mitchell Dillion writes:

  “I’ve just finished two long days of putting up storm shutters, stocking up on supplies, and dragging lawn furniture into my house, all in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. But while I was scrambling, there was one man on our block who had time to chat with the neighbors, and even offer help to several families that found themselves rushing to finish before the Category 4 Storm arrived.

The reason this man wasn’t harried like the rest of us was because he was well prepared. His supplies were purchased early, he installed accordion shutters years ago to avoid the time consuming process of putting up the old-fashioned drill-in kind, he filled his cars and generator with gasoline long before the lines formed, and was now enjoying the fruits of his labors (and so were his neighbors!).”

The well prepared person isn’t the one who prepares just enough to finish at the last minute, but the person who prepares well enough in advance to be able to help others. 

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest” (Proverbs 6:6-8). 

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” (Acts 20:35).

As Christians we are prepared for the hereafter.  We have made peace with our maker, God, and know (I hope you know) that we have been accepted, loved and forgiven.  We can have peace in our daily lives because we have a loving Father and Son who are walking with us.  There is an inner strength given to us through the Holy Spirit to help us with stand the inevitable storms of life.  And, we often live and think as if that is the end of the story. But, it isn’t.

You are ready.  Now, go help your neighbor.