The warnings keep coming. Rain, sleet and freezing rain are supposedly headed this way. While we do deal with a little more of the freezing / frozen stuff than Texas, we still don’t deal with a lot. It rarely snows here, and ice is even more rare. Thank Goodness.
Thing is, preparations are important. And that is exactly what I’ve been doing. I remembered to buy batteries for my lanterns, but I wish I had thought of smaller batteries. I also stocked up on dog and cat food. Even though if we get ice I have no plans of going anywhere, I filled my jeep with gas. And, I bought snacks. When my son came in from work I asked him to bring some firewood into the house. The wagon on the porch is still fairly full.
Now that supper is out of the way and we’re all finished eating I’ll go clean the kitchen and start filling containers with water. Before going to bed and after showers, I’ll fill the tub with water. Just in case.
I may even toss another blanket on the bed, just in case.
I remember back when I was working, when the company owner was scheduled for a visit how crazy things became quickly. No matter how organized the department was, it had to be better. There could be no waste, no trash, no clutter. The machines had to be cleaned. If possible, and it better be possible, then someone would use the floor scrubber to clean all the travel aisles. There was more than one time when I camethisclose to being in trouble for hurrying through the department announcing “The owner is coming, the owner is coming!!” Still, we would always manage to get everything done as well as possible.
Vacation time. When the time is getting closer, and you have to be prepared. Reservations long made, vehicles filled with fuel, clothes packed, snacks ready. You have directions ready. If you’re anything like me, you need to plan on a 7AM leave time so you’re pulling out by 10AM.
And those birthday, anniversary, baby announcements that we prepare for. Those backyard cookouts, holiday dinners, all that must be planned out and prepared.
So many things of the day by day. Those ordinary happenings that we do without thinking. Those every day household responsibilities, work place responsibilities, things of this life events, for which we plan and make preparations. But, what about what comes after?
Do we, as we travel this journey of life, consider, prepare and plan for the next? Do we understand that in truth, this life is not all there is, there is more, and we must be prepared. Accepting Jesus the Christ as the living Savior. Studying His word and saving it to heart. Living a life, a changed life. Works won’t save us, but being saved inspires us to work. Sharing faith, more by actions and how we live. Showing love, showing compassion, reaching out to those in need. Taking care of the children, the elderly, the widows. Feeding the hungry, finding and giving shelter to the traveler. Understanding that the journey isn’t easy, yet needed to be made. That journey offers us the opportunity to share the preparations with those we pass along the way.
When we find ourselves preparing for the next big event, I hope we remember the most important one and prepare for that. Because He is coming.