My husband is the ultimate planner. It doesn't matter what event, pending storm, future disaster - he is prepared. A week before Dorian, he busied himself filling gas tanks, making extra ice packs, and buying canned goods that could feed us for at least a week. I, on the other hand, am a procrastinator - or at least I am when it comes to situations that I don't want to deal with or don't feel will affect me in a negative way.
For a long period of my life, I treated Christianity the same way. It didn't bother me to miss a Sunday of church here or there. I had never read my Bible all the way through - and never really meditated on scripture. I believed in God and had been baptized at an early age, but I never realized I was missing out on a relationship with God. In other words, I procrastinated in making a true commitment to God. I'm talking about a "I want to talk to you," "I want to walk with you," "I want to consult you" kind of commitment. I am more than thankful my procrastination didn't end in death - before I had the chance to truly understand the importance of that relationship - the importance of putting God before everything else - the importance of asking for forgiveness of sins - the importance of repenting - the importance of treating others with Godly love. I am still learning and growing and reading my Bible. The Bible - from beginning to end - is a constant reminder of God's love, grace, and mercy for us. It is also a reminder that God wants us to prepare for the worst - not so the worst can happen to us, but so that it won't happen to us. God offers us eternal life rather than eternal damnation. What's most amazing is the simplicity of it all. We do not have to work for grace or pay for grace. We simply have to accept grace. That acceptance is what can and should lead us toward developing a joyful, lifetime commitment to and with God. Reading the Bible is God's way of speaking to us. Praying opens up a direct line of communication. Being surrounded by like-minded people is God's way of providing us with guidance, direction, and support when we falter or when we go through tough times.
The worst is going to happen. The Bible tells us so. Preparing for the worst, however, gives us every reason to live our lives with hope and joy. It doesn't mean we won't have troubles. It doesn't mean we are going to be perfect. It does mean we'll get through whatever lies ahead with the strength God gives us. What we think may be bad now doesn't compare to eternal separation from God. I am encouraging you, if you haven't done so yet, begin preparing for the worst. If you aren't involved in a church, begin visiting and find a place that can and will lift you up and support you in your journey. If you aren't reading your Bible, pick it up and start. It doesn't have to be in any particular order either. Find a good Bible companion that will help you understand what you are reading. More importantly, start talking to God. Sit with Him in silence and listen. He sends us messages in the simplest, smallest things if we just tune in.
Peace and blessings!