Monthly Archives: March 2020

Prepping time

I’m a strong proponent of being prepared.  In fact, Proverbs 6 tells us to consider the ant and be wise.  So it’s very Biblical to think about the future and work hard to be ready for coming storms.  How far we take that concept is up to each individual because we are all in different situations.  Some folks, called Preppers, have taken it so far that they are prepared to hunker down and live in isolation for years.  If that is your point of view, I salute you for your forethought and wish you the best.

If we have only this present reality to exist in, that level of preparedness makes total sense, and many people are wishing right now that they had done exactly that.  This is the reason there is so much fear and anxiety when the store shelves are bare and layoffs are happening all around us.  It’s also why the gun stores are stripped of weapons and ammo nationwide.  But have we, who supposedly trust in Jesus, forgotten that our hope is not found in this present world?

Believe me, I’ve definitely had to come to grips with the fact that, even though, I went to church every Sunday, supported the church financially, did good deeds for others, etc., I was simply religious.  I even stood for the songs and clapped to the beat for the fast ones.  When God put out His hand and stopped my world, I was fearful.  It didn’t help a bit that the news outlets only spew negativity, and all we hear about are the 1.6% who have died, not the 98.4% who recover from the virus.  I have discovered that religion has not cured my fear. 

So what are we to do? How do we go to sleep at night in complete peace and face the next day with vigor and confidence?   That, my friends, is only found in absolute surrender to God.   Matthew, Mark, and Luke all recorded Jesus as saying we must deny our self, take up our cross and follow Him.  A cross was not just a burden, instead it was a means of death.  We have to die to our self where we are not in control of our life, and God is our King.  

My advice is to do whatever you can to take care of your family, but remember the best prepping is that of the heart.  God is still on His throne, and He loves His children intensely.   If you are reading this, it means you are still here and can still give Him your being.   There is no experience like trusting explicitly in God’s incredible power and knowing He will take us out of here when our work is done.  God’s kids sleep deep and wake up knowing He is in control.

Matthew 25:1-4 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.   Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.” 

The Resurrection Plant

My brother and I were on a fishing trip down at the Rio Grande a few years ago and noticed a strange plant growing around the drip line of a big boulder on the cliff by the river.  It was all dried up and looked totally dead. The old rancher that I was with told me it is a resurrection plant and that when the rains come it opens up, turns green and blooms.  The action of opening up causes the seeds that have formed inside to fall out and start new plants.

I asked him why they were so plentiful around the boulders, and he said that a lot of moisture comes up off the river and collects on the boulders and then drips down on the plants. When the new seeds sprout after the rain, the ones by the boulders thrive while the sprouts further out in the desert wither and die.  I dug up some and they sit on my coffee table to this day, waiting for me to give them a drink so they can transform again.

This little plant has become a reminder of just how blessed I am to have been born into a family who loves God and trusts in Him for life.   It also reminds me I have a strong church community to help channel God’s love and bring me hope, just like the boulders do for the plants.

If we only see from our natural viewpoint, it’s been a strange fearful time to exist in the last few weeks.  Obviously the politicians can’t set our world in order and are just as clueless as everybody else.  If we listen to the news, there is only fear and distress coming at us.

Think about this, just before Jesus was led away to be crucified, He told his Disciples in John 16:32-33: “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone.  And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace.  In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Right now we are literally “each with our own”, but we don’t have to be alone because Jesus is right here with us.   If it seems like you are in the desert and can’t see any clouds coming to bring rain, remember the boulder we have been living around, our church community.  We, the church, are collectively gathering the life giving flow of God’s Spirit, and if we freely give that away, new sprouts will grow in this desert.