“Prepared”Categories: Minister's Corner
The week of our ice and snowstorm was an extremely tough week. Temperatures dropped to single digits and Texas was struggling to survive. Texas was simply not prepared for what was coming.
In general, many homes were not built to handle and maintain a prolonged cold spell. Homeowners were dealing with no power, no water, and busted pipes both inside the home and outside as well. In Texas, both ERCOT and the Governor expressed that we simply were not prepared for what happened.
For example, Dallas experienced the second longest cold weather streak with temperatures at or below freezing and at or below 20 degrees as well as reaching its coldest temperature at -2 degrees. In Houston it was -1 degree for windchill, which was its lowest since 1990 (the year I graduated High School). Across our great state the conditions experienced were unprecedented and we were not prepared for it.
Many of us knew the cold weather was coming but many were simply caught unprepared with inadequate food and water supplies. Many people were in a desperate condition and in immediate need of necessities. In some cases, being prepared was either not a priority or simply not taken seriously.
Being prepared for eternity must be a priority! Many people know it is coming, and we know we must be prepared for it, but many are simply not ready.
I am reminded of the hymn by James Stanley, “Careless soul, why will you linger, Wand’ring from the fold of God? Hear you not the invitation? Oh, prepare to meet thy God. Refrain: Careless soul, oh, heed the warning, For your life will soon be gone; Oh, how sad to face the judgment, Unprepared to meet thy God.”
The Apostle Paul stated, “Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2 For he says, “In a favorable time I listened to you, and in a day of salvation I have helped you. ”Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).
Are you Ready to Meet your Creator and stand before Him in Judgement? If not, why not? We know the time is coming but the question is … ARE YOU READY FOR THE JUDGEMENT DAY?