Thursday, December 08, 2005

Are you prepared?

When you have lived in Texas your whole life like me and you hear the weather man say, "Looks like the Metroplex will get at least a couple inches of snow", you get excited!! Telling a Texan that they are going to get snow is like telling a child they are going to get candy. If you don't give the child candy, there will be consequences to pay. Well, what about the snow? All day I told my son that we would build a snowman. Ice had been coming down all day so surely snow was to follow. For sure snow was coming! The weather man, the weather lady, NOAA, they ALL said SNOW was coming! Finally on the ten o'clock news last night after all the drama, Troy Dungan and Pete Delkus on Channel 8 news in Dallas, back down from their prediction. "Well, it looks like the worst part is over and the snow is headed east." All day these two guys were tag teaming the weather. Live reporters on the highways talking about the weather! One channel even had continuous coverage regarding the Winter Weather. Continuous coverage over winter weather! Come on! I told you to never tell Texans it's going to snow. We go crazy!

Last Saturday I was out doing some Christmas shopping and I was sweating. It was 84 degrees! I think I was sweating more out of anger. I don't like it to be warm in December! Today, the current temperature is 30 degrees and dropping. So the weather guys and gals in Texas really have no clue what to say anymore. I don't think I am going to pay any attention to them anymore. If you are a weather person in Texas, I truly believe you should get paid more than any of the others in other states. You have got your work cut out for you! 84 degrees during the day and 40 degrees by night. It happens all the time. Never trust a Texas Weather man's five day forecast! Never!

Don't you wish you had a five day forecast you could truly rely on for your LIFE? If you knew what was coming tomorrow, you could be totally prepared. I was prepared for snow. I had the kid's fleece hats and mittens out, the warmest jackets possible and I even told my husband to stop by and get some fire wood on his way home two nights ago. Oh and what about those pipes? We got the pipes covered and made sure we were ready for the winter storm. So if you knew you were going to get fired, if you knew your wife was going to leave you, if you knew cancer would strike, if you knew a relative was going to die, wouldn't you be prepared?

It sometimes scares me how quickly our lives can change. Today is a gift and tomorrow is a dream. So as I thought about this weather that struck (without the snow), I thought about how prepared we were for what was to come. In life we unfortunately do not have an accurate five day forecast. Instead, we have Jesus. There are some of you out there that will read this that may not have a relationship with Him and your five day forecast may have joy ahead or it may have tragedy. No one knows. But how awesome it is to be prepared!!

Almost twenty-five years ago, at five years old, I prayed something like this. My life has never been the same. For I know that I am prepared.

Jesus, I ask you to come and live inside of my heart.
I believe that you died on the cross for my sins and
that you have forgiven me.
I want to make you the Lord of my life.
I love you Jesus. I will serve you all the days of my life.

Romans 10:9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.


Tina Kincaid said...

Again, awesome post! My girls and I were all geared up for some snow! I was so excited for them to have school cancelled today so we could go wrong I was! Instead, they argued more than played...ah, such is the life of siblings!

There are some areas of life that we are so prepared for; even over prepared, like this storm for example. Then there are those things you aren't prepared for and you wonder, did I do all that I could? Especially when you are a Christian, you have the responsibility and great joy of sharing the Gospel of what Jesus has done in your life. Then that day comes when a family member suddenly dies and you wonder, did I do enough? Did I tell him enough about how great our Lord and Savior is? Was there that time in a quiet moment where he accepted Jesus? And you are left to wonder.

We prepare for tomorrow and it's not promised for any of us. We must make sure people are prepared for that day! I am so very blessed to know that I am prepared for that glorious day when I do meet my Savior. I also know not to assume that everyone is prepared for that day. I pray every day for strength to be bolder and share the love of our Lord.
Thank you for writing such beautiful blogs that really speak to me. God uses you in a might way Sister! Sorry this is long and rambling!

Gwen said...

Oh girl! From a fellow Texan I can totally relate!!!!!

Karen Pierce said...

You caused me to really think. Oh Lord, not only prepare ME but prepare my table before me in the presence of my enemies. He really does prepare the way for us when we allow Him to. I like what James said in a Sunday School class one time, He will never send you where He has not gone before and prepared the way. Are our steps REALLY ordered by God? This blog was very thought provoking. In our business we forget sometimes to prepare. Wow. i love you MOM