Tropical storms that evolve into hurricanes — hurricanes that breed tornadoes — earthquakes that rock cities leaving behind death and destruction. What in the world is going on?
We have more than enough on our plate with our special needs children, shuffling them from IEP’s, doctors offices and therapies. Please Lord, I just need to take care of my little circle right now, not worry about natural disasters!!!
So with all that is going on in our world, I started thinking about prepping. Now before anyone gets riled up, I am NOT saying you should have an underground bunker and start hoarding and go to any extreme; however, have you thought about a power outage that could go on for weeks? Do you need to think about a back-up generator or more than a weeks worth of food? Have you thought about registering with your local fire department or police department or the local emergency management office so needed help can be provided quickly in an emergency? These are questions that may never even need responses, but it is something to think about before things go dark.
Phillipians 4:6-7 says, ” Be anxious for nothing but in everything with prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus.”
So before your mind takes you to the land of ‘what if’s’ , start with prayer. Ask God to show you reasonable things you can do now for your family in case of a power outage or other issue that could disrupt your daily routine.
Here are a few questions to consider:
- Do you have extra supplies for your child (medication, diapers, special food)
- If water service is cut off for several days, will you be able to boil drinking water or be able to heat water for bathing?
- Do you have candles, flashlights and extra batteries?
- Do you have an exit plan and do you need special help to evacuate your home?
- Are all your child’s important papers in one folder? (Medication schedule, feeding schedule, insurance cards, doctors phone numbers, emergency contacts)
- Have you made plans for your pets? (Some shelters might deny your child’s pet without an appropriate service animal license)
These are just a few questions you need to think about and there are some great websites to help you even further.
There is such wisdom in the Word and simple preparation will help to minimize confusion and panic during difficult times.
Proverbs 21:20, “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down.”
Most of us had wise grandparents who were efficient in canning and freeze drying foods for leaner times. There is nothing ‘unbiblical’ about preparing for hard times as best we can. Our little ones depend on us to care for them during all seasons of life, so start making adjustments today so you’ll be equipped tomorrow.
Proverbs 22:3, “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.”
So friends, you don’t have to be a doomsday prepper, but think about what you would need to do to get your ‘precious cargo’ to safety. God has called us to be wise and to live sensibly using our gifts and talents as He directs.