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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)
TITLE: Prepared for the Storm
By Esther Phillips
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As I look back, I see the necessity of preparing for blizzard conditions. My mother methodically prepared for winter by starting our garden space in the early spring. She enlisted my brothers and me to haul fertilizer from the chicken and pig pens. After it was spread, we dug the ground to get it ready for planting. When the ground was ready and all chances of frost were over, she meticulously laid out rows and planted seeds. It wasn’t long until the seeds popped their little heads through the ground. The weeds must have thought it was a good idea because they poked their heads through the ground, too. The chore of keeping the weeds out became a daily routine. One, I might add, that my mother never seemed to mind.
The plants flourished. They produced wonderful vegetables that we enjoyed during the summer time. In addition to what we ate during the summer, my mother canned as many as possible for the days, just like this one, in winter when the snowdrifts kept us from getting on the roads.
In addition to the vegetables she put up, she bought assorted fruit by the bushel and canned them, too. She raised chickens and butchered them and put them in the freezer. We were not lacking for anything to eat when the blizzards came. We were prepared.
Matthew 13:3, 23 planted these seeds for us. “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (NIV)
As we study our Bibles, we are planting seeds in our souls for those days when the storms come. Being prepared is an action we should take before the need. Our Lord is so wonderful that even if we haven’t prepared and come late, he will still be there for us.
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