Well this week has seen where I live making preparations for a cyclone.
People doing the usual stuff that is necessary to ensure that in case of disaster the fundamentals basics of life are in place.
Making sure we have tinned and dried foods, water, lights, petrol in the car etc.
Clearing all the loose items and junk from our yards.
Tapeing all the windows, and securing any fixtures.
We are used to this sort of thing in north Queensland, as cyclones are a possibility every summer.
There I was driving to church Sunday night watching all the
neighbours and people along the way doing the last minute details.
Everyone wants to be as prepared as possible.
A frenzy of activity unusual for a Sunday evening.
That’s when God asks me this question,
“What are you doing for the spiritual cyclones?”
Got me thinking.
Spiritual cyclones, those things that come upon us and can flatten us emotionally,
mentally, physically or spiritually.
You know the type of things I mean.
Loss of a job, ill health, unexpected death of a loved one,
children getting in drugs or trouble, car accidents.
All the types of things that can throw us in too a tail spin.
I started to think on what I had done to prepare for the cyclone
threat in the physical and find the spiritual equivalent.
1. Getting rid of loose items and junk-
Sin, making sure that I have no area of sin for the enemy to use against me or mine.
(1 john 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”)
2. Tapping all the windows and securing the fixtures down-
Learning the word of god, memorising scripture as a sure foundation.
(Psalm 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”)
3. Stocking up on food, water and lights-
Reading the bible and praying everyday.
Ingesting the word of god and allowing it to build up a steady supply for the time when I will need it. (Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”)
If we who live with the threat of cyclones can learn to be prepared for the possibility of disasters.
How much more can we who are Christian be prepared for life’s problems.
The boy’s scout’s motto “always be prepared” seems to be god’s one too.
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