In the last thirty days, many things have happened. There was an earthquake in my county. Hurricanes have ravaged the east coast, including the homes of many of my friends and family. Then there was a suspicious package at the post office. All of these things have made me consider how prepared I am for unexpected events. If a disaster, illness, or even death took me out of my everyday life, would I be prepared?
Obviously, none of can be prepared for everything at all times. However, there are some things that we can keep ready for unknown events. There will always be more things to get done, but we can have our emotional and spiritual houses in order. We may not have all of the laundry done or our cars filled with gas at all times, but we are able to daily prepare ourselves spiritually and emotionally.
Emotionally, we can make sure that people in our lives know how we feel about them. This means making sure that those around us know how we feel about them. This may be as simple as a card, a touch, or a few words. It does not have to be a long, impassioned speech, but it may be. It does not have to be an overwhelming gesture, but it can be something simple. Recently I was with a family as they gathered to grieve the loss of a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. The family had already shared in a memorial service, but this was a private family event to bury the ashes. The members of this family remembered their loved one and the hugged as the greeted each other. In their embraces, it was obvious that this was more than a perfunctory act. They were sharing their love of each other in the gesture. No matter how often they are able to see one another, they know that there is love shared.
Each day we have the opportunity to communicate with God. Through our prayers we are able to seek a spiritual balance. We are able to seek direction, offer praise, confess, and receive forgiveness. Sometimes, we put off this communication. We try to hide from God. We try to pretend that we are too busy with the things of this world to bother with the things of God’s kingdom. We are like Adam and Eve in the garden. We recognize our nakedness before God, so we hide. God does see us naked. God sees who we are behind the clothes and the facades that we put up to hide ourselves from the world. God sees the real us behind our masks. God can see us, loves us, and wants a relationship with us. We have to be willing to share ourselves with God.
During your morning commute, your shower, or any other moments of your day, spend some time with God. You never know when you may need to be ready.