Due to the tenuous nature of the world right now, a lot of people are involved in various stages of “prepping” or preparing, in case things get a lot worse. I’m amazed at how many people I’ve met while traveling that are involved in one or more aspects of “prepping.”
It has crossed job functions and pay scales. There is a growing sense that one should get ready for whatever lays ahead and more people than ever are starting to delve into how to survive catastrophic “what ifs.”
Living in Florida, being prepared at some level is just a part of living here. Six months of every year we are vulnerable to hurricanes, so having batteries, food, water or even a generator on hand goes with the territory. We’ve spent many nights without power, playing card games while our generator whirred outside.
The bonus of preparation is that nearly everything you store for emergencies can be consumed or used in everyday life, so no money is wasted.
The national movement of prepping has spawned a lot of television shows, such as Doomsday Preppers or Doomsday Bunkers, taking it to the extreme and tinging it with a sense of mockery.
Unfortunately, we have grown to become a “just in time” society. We’re used to having things at hand whenever we want them. Want a burger at 2 a.m., you can get one. Need aspirin at 4 a.m., you can get one. Want Chinese, or Italian, or German or Greek food for dinner, you can get that.
It’s clouded our understanding at how fragile this “just in time” existence can be.
Having worked in electronic manufacturing for over a decade, I know from experience that only one step in the process needs to falter before the entire machine comes crashing to a halt. Our parents and grandparents, who lived through the Great Depression and World Wars, would look at us and shake their heads, asking “how can being prepared for the unexpected be a bad thing?”
As people prepare with stores of food and water, emergency supplies and weapons, one should never overlook the need to be a diligent spiritual prepper.
Jesus told us that his second coming will occur with little warning and, beyond that, since none of us can predict our own personal demise, being spiritually prepared is of paramount importance, beyond food stores and ammo stocks.
As my wife likes to say “everyone is so worried about the end of the world when they should be focused on the end of their world.”
The only thing we can take with us from this life is who we are, what we’ve done, what we’ve believed and how we’ve shared those beliefs. Have we been faithful? Have we been humble? Have we been holy? Have we been obedient? Have we sacrificed for God? Have we put him first, above all things?
The world we live in can seem like a scary place right now. Many things appear upside down. Evil is elevated as Good and Good is branded as Evil. Individual achievement is frowned upon, while envy of other’s success is lauded. Liberty is ransomed for security and a war on the faithful is growing in intensity.
It can feel like nothing makes sense anymore and that some impending calamity may be coming.
But, we cannot live in fear. Faith and fear cannot coexist. Jesus told us time and time again that we must be willing to sacrifice anything and everything to be with him. Nothing can stand between him and us.
Therefore, if you live in the paths of hurricanes, in tornado alley, earthquake central or at the heart of the culture wars, remember that no preparation we do here on earth is more important than spiritually preparing ourselves for life after our time here.
So, stock up on food, water and protection, if you feel the need, but remember to keep your faith as the first item you keep refilling. It will be the first thing that is tested and the one thing that will help you overcome whatever challenges you face in the future.