Pressed flower art by mingogardensThe grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8
The area I live in, the northlands of Minnesota, was hit hard by flood waters this past week. Though there is a river running through my town of Cloquet, we did not suffer as much because we are on high ground. However, Duluth and many smaller towns around took a beating as 8 to 10 inches of rain pounded in a mere 24 hours. Roads were washed away, basements were flooded, dried up creeks became rushing rivers, rivers no longer had discernible banks and people lost homes. We do realize that with all this property damage we were blessed not to have any loss of life.
For some of you reading this, you have experienced similar floods and hurricanes and probably some much worst than ours but you have been prepared as to what to do when it happens. Our area emergency preparedness teams have numerous contingency plans for all sorts of disasters but not for floods. The flooding exceeded all records imaginable for this area. If it had been a snow of several feet, it would have been just a blimp in our radar… but rain took us by surprise.
It makes you wonder… what are we prepared for as Christians? Do you have contingency plans for whatever comes along?
What will shake your faith? Is it losing everything you own, a death in the family or possibly did you have faith in a pastor that went bad? Were there Christians in your life who did not treat you as a Christian should? I had that happen once when I was struggling to understand what faith and God meant to me. It kept me from attending church for years. But if I had my emergency preparedness plan in place that could have just been a blip on my radar. Instead it was a major set back.
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But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6
We need to be thoughtful about our faith. Not allowing ourselves to be tossed by the wind. I probably have not put my plan into the terms of “emergency preparedness” but certainly I have been very purposeful of deepening my knowledge of the Lord and my relationship with Him. I want it to be just like the fire drills we all have been through, so ingrained in me that I know what to do without thinking.
How to have an emergency preparedness plan in place? (These are in no particular order.)
- Read God’s Word daily. Even if it is only one verse. Once you develop the habit it will stay with you always. I am totally unsettled if I go to bed without reading the Bible.
- Seek out a Biblical church that can feed you in the knowledge of the Lord, do not choose it just to make you feel good.
- Become involved in Bible studies or other groups that help you grow in the Lord.
- Learn to depend on God’s Word not on people.
- Question what you are being taught. Check out the verses in context and see if that is how God meant them to be.
- Be involved. Where, how? Just try various things. I tried children’s ministry at one time and it drained me as did cooking for others in need but when I started teaching adults I was energized!
- Probably the most important of all… remember God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Take time on a regular basis (maybe at night in bed or while journaling) to remember the things God has done for you. Never let that leave you so that when the crisis in life hit, when you feel depressed or forsaken... review them. This is what I do.
I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. Psalm 130:5
(Note that the word “wait” in this context meant to expectantly hope)