I’ve been hunkered down in my apartment all day long with the news playing on constant loop just waiting for the big nasty Tropical Storm Bill to hit land and drop buckets of rain onto our already over saturated city. We’ve been told since yesterday afternoon that it would be a terrible storm with flooding, winds and rain for at least two days. So the entire city prepared for the worst. Supermarket shelves were emptied of water and many non-perishables within hours. Businesses, schools and agencies all over the area closed down preemptively to make sure that their employees and customers would be safe.
I am not complaining about this in the least. Just a few weeks ago Houston was hit with a major storm that flooded houses and businesses making underground garages into pools and freeways overflowing parking lots. I’m thankful that this time around people are safe and being prepared. I’m thankful that more people did not lose houses, possessions and lives.
Even as I’m thankful for the preparation I’ve been thinking of how Houston waiting for a storm that has yet to come is in some ways how I live life when I am not completely trusting God.
I am naturally a thinker. I see a problem or an opportunity and I start the thinking process. I work through as many aspects of the issue facing me as possible before I ever suggest a course of action. I usually have contingency plan upon contingency plan. If it could feasibly happen; I’ve got a plan to work around it, avoid it occurring completely or to fix it when it come up!
This can be an awesome gift when making plans and leading a team. It can also cause me many nights of waiting for storms that never come, which is no place for a leader to live if they are to be effective at developing solid leadership teams and releasing ministry to those people.
The truth is simple really, this life of waiting for storms that never come is no life for any follower of Christ. The worry, the prepping, the spending time and treasure on things, preparing mentally for the worst to come uses energy and resources that we could utilize in a better way for the Kingdom.
Jesus puts it this way, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:32-34
For me, to be a more faithful follower and pastor, I must listen to this truth. Listen to our Savior and the words of the Kingdom….
So even though I will continue to pray and prepare for storms, I’m not going to sit around waiting for them to come.
And I hope, friends, you won’t waste your time on worrying about those storms either!