When was the first time I thought about being prepared for something that I wasn’t sure was going to happen? When we first got married 18 years ago I wasn’t even sure I knew how to prepare for things I knew would happen. I am naturally good at procrastinating, preferring rather to remain engrossed in the more interesting activity of the moment.
I have learned a lot of hard lessons over the years about the foolishness of not thinking and planning ahead. Studying the Virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 gives us a picture of the productivity that is possible when we learn to stop what we’re doing and put plans in motion that will allow us to be prepared for whatever may happen.
Eleven years ago we were facing the possibility of our world falling apart, depending on who we listened to. We prayed about what we should do, if anything, to prepare for Y2K. We eventually felt we should invest in stores of food and supplies that we would use whether or not there was a crisis. We learned how to store grains and beans and other non-perishables in Florida’s warm, humid climate.
Getting organized for such a project was a great learning experience all its own. We purchased our first small generator and accumulated inexpensive items that would make life more bearable in case of a power outage. Little did we know how these preparations would greatly benefit us, even though Y2K never materialized. More tomorrow…