1 Corinthians 2:9
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" — NIV
I woke up this morning to rain and snow. As any Georgian can expect with a prediction of snow on the horizon, people were in an almost-panic. Schools were closing. Businesses were closing. The radio stations had 15-minute weather update intervals. Last, but not least, the traffic: ridiculous. An outsider would have thought that a blizzard was imminent, complete with electricity and water loss. No, no. Just your run of the mill 1-3 inches.
As I putted down 400 southbound, I couldn’t help but wonder: Why the panic? It occurred to me that people in our geographic location simply do not understand how to deal with seemingly harsh weather forecasts. Our vehicles are not prepared for icy roads. Our daily attire is not equipped for freezing temperatures. Georgia’s motto should read: When in doubt, prepare for the worst.
Is that what we do, prepare for the worst? And, if so, does this only apply to weather conditions?
As Christians, what should we prepare for? Should we be like Southerners at the onset of possible weather issues: preparing for the worst? Or, should we be like a child of the King and prepare for things beyond our joyful conception?
All too often, we find ourselves in training for this world and this world alone. Our Heavenly Kingdom, even though we may know of its presence in the back of our mind, gets lost in the nearness of this world. This world is right now. This world is right here. This world is…temporary.
Even if we are not practicing our faith and walking with God, someone else is. When the time comes to account for our lives, which will be ready?