If you are like me, a few years back you faced "The Monster" and adopted a whole new perspective on the importance of preparing for the worst. You read One Second After and How To Survive The End Of The World As We Know It. We set about working out a plan, and making our plans work.
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We might even consider ourselves more spiritually equipped than our Christian friends, who repeatedly reprimand us for "not trusting God to deliver us." We tell ourselves that God gave us a brain to use while we occupy this planet, and being prepared does not mean you plan on abdicating your service to Him; and we might even personally believe that all our preparation plans and stockpiles might not even be for us, but will benefit someone else -- perhaps an unbeliever who may come to know God through our actions. In effect, we are pretty satisfied with our Prepper status ... and that is what concerns me.
This disquiet in my soul has come about because of a conversation my husband and I had with a new acquaintance the other day. You know how it is ... we all do this "song-and-dance" to discover where a new contact fits within the spectrum of Awareness. And once they pass the test, then both parties compare and contrast philosophies and beliefs.
This new friend conceded that he had embraced the need to get prepared physically at the beginning of this nation's financial crisis in 2008. He had carefully thought out all the possible scenarios we could face and had been financially able to complete an exhaustive and comprehensive plan to secure the safety of his family. He had combined his resources with others who had similar attitudes and opinions, and they agreed to meet any future challenge together.
But this is not a new concern among survivalists. This conversation has been going on for years. But something has changed ... or maybe I should say, we have changed. In my Biblical worldview, events do not happen outside of the control of God. Everything is in His timing and for His purpose. I do not have the counsel of God, and ultimately my opinion counts for nothing, but I can't help wondering if perhaps God is taking His time with the events we have all been anticipating so that He could separate those who are His, and grow us towards greater service in bringing in His harvest? And this question makes me take a look at the bigger picture.
As time has progressed, we have all retreated somewhat from our initial level of enthusiasm and drive. Six years of slow deterioration, with no extreme event, has deprived us of our "edge". I might even be willing to say we have become comfortable in our state of awareness/preparedness ... and that's a contradictory concept! The very nature of becoming a Prepper is not to be comfortable ... whether in the physical or spiritual aspect. Our mindset must always be on expanding knowledge to save our lives; it's just that now, in the case of our new friend, his Prepper Mindset (and ours) is centered more on Spiritual lives, rather than Physical.
When I look back over the last six years, I can see a shift in my thinking and my focus. I still want to make sure that my larder is full, and I have plenty of medical supplies on hand. I still want to be physically ready to defend myself, and am less wasteful and more innovative in taking care of our needs... I still fit the "Prepper" description. There are still things that we have not crossed off of our physical "to-do" list, but I am less concerned with worldly strategies, and more preoccupied with heavenly pursuits. I'm thinking more about God, and less about myself.
Those initial fears have been replaced with a calmness; not that I have grown complacent towards the affairs of my country or the world --- it's just that I am viewing the part I am to play differently. It's not so much about saving my life here on earth, but of saving souls for eternity. All our stuff, training, and new skills will serve me and my family well while we are here; but I am now preparing for a much greater event -- and I won't even need a bug-out bag!
Proverbs 19:21 "Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand."