Preparedness Is Always In Order

We live in a beautiful part of the nation…

Cascadia RisingAnd a seductive place. It is known that under the beauty lies a destructive force capable of crippling every thing we know.

Science points to a large 8.0-9.0 magnitude Cascadia Subduction Zone (CSZ) earthquake ripping across the 800-mile CSZ fault line on average once every 200 to 500 years. (Click Here)

Cascadia Subduction ZoneEvery 200 to 500 years, history tells us that a major seismic event occurs somewhere along the fault line that stretches from British Columbia, south into Northern California. Clustered along the I-5 corridor are known volcanoes resting under snow capped peaks.

You may know one of them from a famous event on May 18th, 1980, when a mountain blew its top…

Mount St Helen’s….

This was the same year we moved to Alaska. Texas. New Mexico. Arizona. California. Oregon. Washington, then a Ferry to Alaska and Northern Canada. Our path across the nation never prepared us for the recovery efforts that were still in progress, nor the ash remnants that kept us filling up the windshield washer fluid tank.

Mount St. Helens is 34 miles (55 km) west of Mount Adams, in the western part of the Cascade Range. These “sister and brother” volcanic mountains are approximately 50 miles (80 km) from Mount Rainier, the highest of Cascade volcanoes. Mount Hood, the nearest major volcanic peak in Oregon, is 60 miles (100 km) southeast of Mount St. Helens. (Click Here)

We live very close to Mount Rainier!

Today is the ending of a week long exercise called Cascadia Rising. Over 20,000 individuals from the private and public sector are involved in preparedness drills to determine processes and statuses of our collective readiness to respond to a disaster. Volcanoes. Earthquakes. Tsunami. Buildings collapse, roads and bridges impassable, many injured or isolated from assistance.  (Read More Here)

Each of us are asked to have a family meeting to decide what actions should be taken at a personal level to be prepared with food, water, medical supplies … and a plan.

Paper BowtieOn some level we all know we should be prepared for disaster. We seldom think it will happen and we just trust that someone in charge will have everything under control. With this kind of thinking you play yourself into a calamitous movie set where the world is crumbling around you and a super hero swoops into play. You know what I’m talking about… We played the game in grade school with a Paper Bow Tie…. “I’ll pay the rent…” (Click Like if you Remember!)

You may think everything is about the natural and physical world around us. I think it’s much deeper than this.

How about your spiritual well being? Do you prepare like the ant against a coming season of chill?

There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise: The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer; The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags; The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks; The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings’ palaces. (Proverbs 30:24-28 NKJV)

We all move through seasons of time, often quickly, and more often daily. Spring is like our wakening and growing moment. There is beauty and joy. Summer is when early harvest of our hard work is reaped and we enjoy lazy days. Fall is the late harvest as the plants prepare themselves for winter by dropping leaves and becoming dormant. Winter is the chilly place that may include long periods of quiet and inactivity.

Season Cycle MapIn each of these seasons we should always be preparing for the next season, or at least adding to our resources for the future. Think with me. A farmer uses the winter to repair and prepare his equipment for the spring. Spring is a busy time of preparing and planting, yet the farmer continues to lay aside time to take care of other business as required. Summer may include an early harvest, but it is also a time of simply caring for the edges of life against future busy times. Fall is busy with harvest, storing and processing the crop. Then we return to winter.

My spiritual preparedness is the same way. Throughout each season, I never stop preparing for better times, nor do I take a break from continuing this process even when better times are here.

What are you doing to prepare? Is your habit secure for devotion? Is the Word ready for access? Have you prayed today?

 

 

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