The next Sunday when we got home from church, we had no electricity once again. No storm or apparent reason, yet no power for about an hour. I pulled out the sandwich fixin's once again and this time made wraps.
I have to admit, that I was very surprised and shocked at the idea of people being without anything to eat at home that they had to go out during a power outage. I know we can't fix our usual meal without an oven or stove top, but isn't there something we could find?
These thoughts have really disturbed me as I think of what would happen if we found ourselves in some sort of emergency. As a friend's husband said, "We expect public unrest after a certain amount of missed meals, but if it is after the first - we are in trouble."
When I mentioned this to David he mentioned that our nation as a whole is, "dependent on luxury." And, I agree - we are.
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time thinking about Proverbs 31:15-16 as I've been working on the next two projects in the Proverbs 31 craft series.
"She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard."The thing that has jumped out at me above all is what a planner she is. She plans to rise early and does it. She provides food for her family by thinking ahead to what she will serve and taking care to have the needed things on hand. She allows time to fix it. She puts thought into making wise purchases and saves for the future.
I'm not trying to put us into panic mode or even pick on anyone who isn't prepared. I'm also not promoting that we can be prepared for everything that comes our way - only God can handle that responsibility! And, since He knows what will come - we can certainly trust Him with our future.
But, I am very concerned about us being prepared to care for our families in case of an emergency. Where I live, there is hurricane season. Other areas may prepare for a possible blizzard or other weather related situation. We simply cannot sit by and watch everything happen with no plans for our household.
We can pull out the sandwich fixings or even peanut butter and jelly during a storm. If the electricity is still out at the next meal - maybe we can grill some of that meat that will be ruined if not cooked from our freezer.
We can have bottled water and extra batteries on hand. We can stock canned goods which can be heated on the engine of our car, in a pan on the grill or on a cooking stove (learned the car trick from my law-enforcement husband!). My mom suggested freezing water in cardboard half-gallon milk cartons to have big blocks of ice available in case of no electricity - they would last a lot longer than ice cubes!
No, we should not have fear about or think we can control the unknown. But, I do think we should be wise in being able to care for our families the best way we can.
Ok - let me hear your thoughts on this. How do you prepare your household for a possible emergency situation? I'm looking forward to hearing your ideas!