Preparedness and Providence

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I read with interest the story about the Texas family who got trapped beneath a snow drift in New Mexico.

From what I read in the story, the family appeared to have come prepared.  They had plenty of water, food, and warm clothing; supplies that any of us would have acquired.  However, as time went on, they began to lack the most crucial, yet least controllable item in the survival rule of three: air.   Luckily, they were rescued before they completely ran out of air.  The story has a happy ending.

I believe Providence was evident in the fortunate turn of events.   We can prepare as much as we can and plan for various possibilities 80% of the time.  And I have no doubt the family’s emergency supplies sustained them during their long ordeal.   However there is still that 20% that is unforeseen and uncontrollable.  That’s where God’s grace come in:  He’ll give us the strength and fortitude to get through anything.  It is said God helps those who helps themselves.  We can prepare what we can, He’ll do the rest.

This Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, it would do us well to remember to prepare ourselves on the spiritual side as well.   Let’s be grateful for all our blessings, do good works, and pray for God’s grace.  With His help, we’ll be ready for anything.

Thanks for stopping by on this holiest of days.  I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!