Weathering the storm is most important. Perhaps a number one priority, with preparing for the storm, number two. Life goes on all around the casualties and though a note is skipped, the music plays on. Renown pianist Vladimir Horowitz explains “If I don’t practice for a day, I know it. If I don’t practice for two days, my wife knows it. If I don’t practice for three days, the world knows it.” During crisis, as life begins to unravel, those unprepared are the first to recognize their lack of forethought and eventually, sooner than later, everyone else recognizes their lack too.
The only method of preparation is from start to finish. Half baked efforts fall short exposing any previous effort as futile.
Digging deep to discover the bedrock of need is prerequisite. From that moment, genuine preparation begins. The great God of eternity advises, “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.” Seems a bit of an understatement. Its not. This advice is the real deal. A genuine foundation stone from which to launch into the future whether that forecast be grim or glorious. There is no guessing, no gamble or uncertainty. Build on the Rock and plans will stand. Dont’… and experience an inevitable demise.
This isn’t an exercise in spirituality. Preceding from the firm foundation slices through every distraction du jour; me vs them, right vs left, straight vs gay, religiosity vs religiosity, rich vs poor and all the other contrasting contentions. Once the feet are positioned to go forward, legitimate injustices become apparent. Conscientious effort, resources directed and even solutions are streamlined while thrashing about in quicksand as invaluable time is spent helps no one. First and foremost, a uncertain foundation does not help you or your loved ones.
“Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.
In quietness and confidence is your strength.
But you would have none of it” And, therein lies the rub.
Isaiah 30:15 reveals God’s counsel but also, His understanding of our so-called independence. Like a two year-old discovering a new ability, humans in our spiritual immaturity often say, “No… Me do it!” Yes, God wants us to do it! Survive the storms ahead and also, live an earthly life unregretted by getting right with God. The only way He has made available is via the Rock, Christ Jesus. And, therein lies the rub!