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Storm Warning

There’s a winter storm warning in my area tonight. Throughout the day I heard people sharing how they were preparing for it. Some were going to a friend’s house. Some planned to stay home. Others shifted their timelines to allow for poor driving conditions. After church I stopped to get gas. I pulled in the car backwards (to minimize the shoveling I anticipate I’ll be doing in the morning). I refilled the windshield washer fluid. I put the extendable shovel back in the trunk just in case. Little preparations that could make a big difference during the storm.

It made me think- we spend so much time preparing for a winter storm. Yet how many people go their whole life with little to no thought of eternity? Some cling to the idea that death is the end of it all, pushing away the knowledge that the day will come for us all. Or it gets pushed further down the list of things to figure out another time until there is no more time. Then there are those of us who know when we leave this life, we will be home with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Do we stop there, knowing we are safe from the coming storm? Are we ready to lend a hand to those who may not be prepared? Are we living today with eternity in view?

When tragedy happens, the little things that seem so important in times of ease suddenly come into clearer perspective. We refocus on what matters most. A storm is coming- a day we cannot escape. Do we allow the cares of this life to choke out what God wants to do in our hearts and lives? Or are we ready to come to the aid of another traveler, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus?

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” -Hebrews 12:1+2


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