It’s time for a listening pause and then some evaluation and possible adjustments. As the roller coaster of our national life clanks its way to the apex for the sudden wild ride to the bottom, we can see events unfolding now that will prove to be the beginnings of multiple crises. Which wheel falls off first will not be as important as the fact that there will soon be several overlapping issues.
Time To Evaluate and Adjust
Now is not the time to be congratulating ourselves on our level of preparedness, but the time to make sure that we have:
- More mobility, and are able to stay on the move (“orbiting” a small town or key area), able to move on short notice at any time, able to move at night or in inclement weather,
- Lighter weight – we might start out heavy but also able to shed/cache gear and supplies as needed,
- More durable gear that’s rugged. Equipment that can take years of hard use, not just several months,
- Shed dependence on electronic equipment (which might be awesome and needed, at first, but not sustainable long term). Think good binoculars instead of night vision. (Have both, if you can afford it!),
- More focus on stored calories (maybe in distributed caches) and less focus on gardening. (Got caching barrels/containers?),
- More focus on evading and less on confronting/defending,
- More focus on carving out a life in forbidding environments (Cold? Hot? Wet? Mountainous? Wilderness?),
- Longer reach (bikes, motocross, horses, and rugged wheeled carts of all types),
- More making ourselves harder to find by organized hostiles with thermal, drone, and RDF technology (not “just” mutant biker zombie looters), who are making a systematic search specifically for us,
- More boldness in rescuing and sharing with our fellow survivors (and evangelism! Are you ready to share the Good News? Got Bibles?), and
- A deeper trust in God, because our every day will be a miracle and we’re pleasantly surprised that we’re still standing, and it’s clearly God who is protecting us and not our “stuff”.
Gathering intel and being informed of our local and national conditions are all essential. But, if we’ve been totally focused on watching for indications of trouble, it’s possible that we will wait too long to act. We watch and watch and try to guess when we need to head out (if bugging out is your option). Trying to “figure it out” is mesmerizing, fascinating, a Manly Challenge! – and it takes our focus off of listening/watching for God’s Providential guidance.
The Signal To “Go”
I want to propose that the signal to “Go” might not be something we “figure out,” but something God shows us. What we need is a right relationship with God of listening and studying and worshiping and serving. That’s what will lead us to safety, not merely seeing the approaching danger and having piles of stuff. Timing is everything, and the only person who actually knows the timing is God.
Act In Time
Without this guidance from God we may not act in time. We may be too late. We may be swept up in a sudden turn of events that sucks us into a crisis we could have avoided had we acted just a few hours or days earlier. Learn to hear His still small voice; learn to recognize when He is Providentially arranging your circumstances or supernaturally getting your attention. It’s not something you can learn overnight.
Walk With God Now
Walk with God now– get in the Bible, pray, wait on Him, worship, share, give. Stop yielding to those temptations that are sabotaging your relationship with Him. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Prov.3:5-6)
How To Acknowledge Him
How do you “acknowledge Him” in “all your ways”? Frequently, throughout the day, bring your concerns and thoughts to Him, ask Him for guidance and solutions to the daily challenges – include God in your day! (And as a reminder, here’s that classic on the subject: The Practice of the Presence of God) Trust Him with everything in your life, every aspect, every problem, every person, every need, every blessing. And He (the one person in the universe who knows what’s coming next) has promised to guide you! Then, if in some way God says “Go”, you need to go. Right then. No arguing. No whining. Just suck it up and go. And trust Him!
A Coming Struggle
A struggle is coming. Surviving will be a miracle (Mt. 24:22). But I believe in miracles! A “hopeless” scenario might be just the thing to make one hold on tightly to the God of all Hope.
Trust God. Be prepared. We must do both! The Morning is coming, but first comes the Night (Mt.24:29-31).
We are not here to play, to dream, to drift,
We have hard work to do, and loads to lift.
Shun not the struggle; face it. ‘Tis God’s gift.
Say not the days are evil, – who’s to blame?
And fold not the hands and acquiesce, – O shame!
Stand up, speak out, and bravely, in God’s name.
It matters not how deep entrenched the wrong,
How hard the battle goes, the day, how long.
Faint not, fight on! Tomorrow comes the song.