I was caught in a storm the other day and had to listen to an emergency broadcast system.
It was all the typical information until it ended with one noticeable statement. Move quickly to protect yourself. While others dismissed it, the phrase repeated in my head. Move quickly to protect yourself. Move quickly to protect yourself. I kept finding both positive and negative epiphanies within the sentence when in reality it was just a command.
How often do we actually find ourselves obeying those instructions though? Do we flee when evil desires creep up? Do we act on faith the minute something bad happens?
The emergency radio was referencing the preparation and action to avoid flash flooding, but the sentence echoed to me through the speakers. We face our own flash floods, and sometimes even on the daily. Are we acting on them fast enough? Sometimes we like to take our time and figure things out. We have to think through things, or we might even have to sulk. Our energy is spent more on figuring out the equation and less on solving the problem.
If we want to protect ourselves, whether it be from a relationship, a conviction, a job, or any of the other numerous problems we face, we have to act fast. The Lord always provides. Why wait on His support? We cannot stall because when we do, we risk getting taken away in the flood.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
We have to prepare our refuge in the Lord.
Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
We have to consistently and whole-heartedly pray for safety.
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.
We have to accept that the past happened while looking to only the future.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
We have to accept help.
The Lord works miracles, but sometimes those miracles are by His standards, not ours. When we act quickly, we can protect ourselves by allowing the Lord to see it through. We must remember though that sometimes that help is not a staff the holds back the flood. Sometimes that help is a boat to pick us up until it is our time to get out.
Move quickly to protect yourself.
Thank you for your prayers and concerns. I am going on my summer mission trips, and I will update you all soon!