The waters of the Mississippi river are rising. People have been and are being evacuated. News reporters share the cresting numbers and views of the river that is completely covering streets. Others are still recovering from devastating tornados. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering, trying to pick up the literal pieces of their lives. These tragedies force us all to answer the question if we are ready.
Ready for what? Well, anything that may come along and radically change our life or the lives of those around us. We never know when a disaster will strike. The disaster may be a weather event that effects groups of people. The disaster may be more personal. Perhaps your best friend or spouse unexpectedly leaves you. What if a part of your support system crumbles? What if you lose your job?
While we can never be completely prepared for everything that might happen, we can do some things. We can make sure that are relationships are ready for anything. We can say the things we want to say and make sure that the people we care about know that we care. We can be ready by sharing our hearts more freely with others. We can tell them that we love them, that we appreciate them, and that we are glad they are a part of our lives.
We don’t know when disaster may strike our lives, but we can be prepared by sharing our hearts with those who matter to us.