Monday, January 9, 2017

Snow is Coming! Be Prepared...Stay Alert

I live in the southeast; Georgia, to be exact. At this writing, weather
forecasts are predicting snow and ice with possible accumulations of two to four inches.

This is a big deal for us folks in the southeast. So much so that everyone is rushing out to the store for last-minute food items and supplies, just in case the forecasters are right.

My inbox is filling up with severe weather alerts, detailing the predictions and what to do to prepare and stay alert.

Social media is blasted with winter storm warnings and we’re all strongly advised to get and stay off the roads.

As you all know, we southerners, are not as skilled at driving in these weather conditions as our northern friends.

We’re the brunt of many jokes. Many of them are us joking about ourselves. We say things like, “better hurry and get that bread, milk and toilet paper before it’s all gone.”

You see others buying comfort foods, stocking up on junk food and ingredients to make big pots of soup and chili as if we’re going to be stranded in our homes for days and days.

Grocery store shelves will quickly become bare. Finding a loaf of bread and gallon of milk will be a challenge.

The panic is real.

Meteorologists can’t get their predictions perfect every time. There have been times when snow predictions turned into nothing but rain or a dusting at most.

Then there have been more times than not, when those who didn’t take the predictions seriously and stay off the roads, are the very ones who had to abandon their cars on interstates and side roads. 

They’re the ones we see on the news, sliding and crashing into each other in their cars, while those of us who stayed alert and prepared were safe in the comfort of our homes.

They laughed and made light of it. “What’s a little snow”, they’d say? “It won’t stick on the roads.” Others would brag about how well they drive in icy, snowy conditions and made light of predictions.

As I listen to the forecasters right now and read headlines concerning the inevitable snow storm, I will prepare myself accordingly and make sure we have plenty of coffee because we can't run out of coffee in case we're homebound for days. 

Seriously, though, I’ll take precautions, stay alert and be prepared.

The excitement and panic over the weather predictions cause me to think about another prediction that is clear to us. It is given by Almighty God, in His written word, the Bible. 

This prediction is Jesus’ return. It’s also called the Second Coming or you hear people say, “Jesus is coming back.”

The coming of the Son of Man will be like what 
happened in the time of Noah. Matthew 24:37

There are some who laugh and mock; those who ignore and those who give no thought to these predictions.

In the days before the flood, people ate and drank, 
men and women married, up to the very day Noah went 
into the boat; yet they did not realize what was happening 
until the flood came and swept them all away. Matthew 24:38-39

Ladies, may we be ever mindful, watching for His return, ready and alert. Let’s not succumb to the temporary cares of this world so much so that we lose sight of His coming again to take us unto Him for eternity.

Are you among those who take God’s word lightly, half believing what He’s revealed to us? Or are you getting prepared and ready like the bride that you are; watchful and alert for your Groom? 

More than ever, I am seeing women rise up to the call to pray and seek the Lord, being watchful and alert. We can’t afford not to in these days we’re living in.

Let’s all together, near and far, begin today, with a new and fresh intention to set our eyes and hearts on eternity, preparing and watching for our coming King, Heavenly Husband, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I can’t wait!

Staying the course with eyes on Him,

Terri

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