But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. He ransoms me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me. (Psalm 55:16-18 NIV).
The first real winter storm of the season has hit North Carolina. We’re not accustomed to the snow and ice as others may be in a more northern climate, so we are often unprepared. There are often school closings and late openings for many businesses. The news media reports on safety measures and the necessity to use extra caution if you must travel during such storms. One of the recommendations is to always carry a “Winter Emergency Kit” in your car.
In thinking about that, I also thought about the spiritual winters we may experience. Just like you might need to have an emergency kit for the physical winter storms, here are some items for those times of trial and difficulty:
1. Non Perishable Food. In the spiritual realm this food comes from the Scripture. These are things you can have ready in your mind to sustain you through the winters of your soul. Memorized Scriptures can help more than anything. Just a phrase of Scripture to grasp in the dead of our "winter" can be a great comfort to us. Even if you find it difficult to memorize, have some verses written and placed in spots that will help you remember the promises of God.
2. Extra Blankets and Warm Clothing. This corresponds to the warmth of Christian fellowship. During a "winter" some people feel reluctant to attend church and fellowship with other Christians. It becomes altogether too easy to just stay alone. However, these are the times when we need others all the more. When trials come into our lives, having fellowship with other believers strengthens us. We need their love, support, and prayers. It becomes real warmth to us.
3. Drinking Water. Bottled water in a winter emergency is a must. We need it to survive just like we need the Living Water of the Holy Spirit. We need Christ and His Word to live. Relying on Him will keep us from a parched existence. Drink in His love, His promises, His blessings, and His strength. Looking to Him in the face of our trials and circumstances will help see us through our "winter".
4. Emergency Candles or Flashlights. The electricity may go out because of the weight of snow and ice on the power lines so we always need a light source to have on hand. God's guidance is our light source. We can't get through our daily lives, let alone our "winters" without following God's direction and leading. Staying sensitive to God's leading will keep us going in the right direction and will help us to see a little more clearly.
Put together your emergency kit today and keep it handy. You never know when a storm will blow in!