I don’t know about you, but it seems like the level of devastation and destruction is at an all time high here recently. Between Harvey and Irma, mother nature has been giving us a run for our money.
And I just want to say, my heart and prayers go out to all those who have been impacted by these horrific natural disasters. My heart breaks for those who are left to pick up the pieces.
Hurricanes are something else. It’s like, you get two – maybe three days – of a “heads up” to plan for the end of the world.
Living in NYC during Hurricane Sandy back in 2012, I remember the chaos in the days leading up to the storm.
And scanning social media today of all the photos of empty grocery shelves and Walmart looking straight out of the Zombie apocalypse, I was brought back to that time. And I couldn’t help but think about the powerlessness we have when it comes to mother nature.
We can’t control it. But we can do our best to be prepared.
I remember during Sandy, all the local news stations would be playing up the importance of a “Go Bag” – and telling us all the essentials we’d need to survive the impending doom: Canned goods, bottled water, diapers, candles, an emergency radio…
I’ll tell you what, you could not find a flashlight battery in all of lower Manhattan to save your life.
Looking back, in actuality all I really needed was a bottle of wine, some dry roasted cashews and a puzzle, but that’s a story for another day.
With all this news coverage of hurricane preparation today, I found my mind wandering to the thought of another kind of preparation.
How am I preparing for salvation?
Really. How am I preparing for the day when I come face to face with my Maker?
And in case you’ve never thought about it, I invite you to right now. And spoiler alert, it’ll sober you up real quick.
There are a lot of things in my life that I’m going to have to “answer for.” Things that I am not proud of. Thoughts I’ve thought. Things I’ve done and said. And frankly, things I haven’t done or haven’t said. I’ve got some ‘explainin’ ta do…you know what I mean?
But all kidding aside, in preparation for this hurricane, seeing the lengths that people will go to for a loaf of bread, makes me question if I should be a little more panicky when it comes to the fate of my salvation.
Really, what am I doing?
Sure I go to church. I try to be a good person and love Jesus. But is that enough? Frankly, I’m impatient, self-centered, and lazy at best. And if I’m being totally honest, I spend more time fixated on The Bachelor or other trash TV than I do in worship to Jesus.
And that is a statistic I am straight up embarrassed to admit.
Repentance and humility are nowhere to be found in pop culture, or frankly society at large.
People would rather hold grudges or have public “beefs” that get played out in petty songs or catty Twitter fights than show any type of remorse.
Arrogance, indignation, pride – there are so many more “attractive” or easy alternatives to humility or apologizing.
So I have to ask myself: have I truly asked for forgiveness of those things I have in my closet?
Because Jesus loves to forgive. But I’ve got to ask for it.
And what about those things I have asked forgiveness for, and yet continue to do – over and over?
Can you relate?
Preparing for the hurricane – there is a “life-and-death-ness” to the urgency people go about it with. Because it is: survival is in the balance.
Why don’t we treat preparing for our judgment day the same way?
Where’s the urgency? Where’s the priority?
What is one thing I can do today – right now – to prepare for that day when I have to come face to face with God?
It may be as little as putting down my phone and – gasp! – actually praying in the middle of the day.
Or instead of watching the latest reality TV garbage, spending that time reading my Bible and getting to know the One who died for me.
We need to take a cue from the empty bread aisles and boarded up windows.
The storm is coming.
The question is: what are you doing to prepare?
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