What a week for us Northeasterners!
First a 5.8 earthquake came out of nowhere and shook the very ground we walked on.
Then, we were battered with Hurricane Irene - the worst storm we have seen in 25 years.
Both events got me thinking a lot about preparation.
We had no warning an earthquake was coming our way. It just happened. There was no time to prepare, and most people did not know the proper procedure for staying safe.
By contrast, we all knew the hurricane was coming. It had been front page news ever since Irene set her sights on the eastern seaboard. That gave everyone two to three days to get ready.
And yet, despite that heads up, many people were unable to get the extra bottled water they were advised to get, the backup generators they wanted, or the D batteries most flashlights need. It still was not enough time to get ready.
And therein was a lesson.
Preparation needs to start well before the test.
Like these natural disasters, someday our judgement day will come. It might come unexpectedly like the earthquake. Or we might get a small warning like with the hurricane.
But the truth is, we should be preparing now.
Prayers for everyone affected by the events this week ...
God Bless you.