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It’s time to prepare our typhoon box again. This is the large plastic bin that holds enough food, water and necessities for a week or more if a bad one were to hit us.

Last summer, our first in a typhoon zone, it all seemed like a bit of an adventure. Putting together the contents for our box was like packing for a fun camping trip. Besides the suggested paper goods, I chose foods that could be made with hot water or eaten straight out of the can or bag: mac ‘n cheese, baked beans, soup, ramen, chips, dried fruit, apple sauce and peanut butter crackers. Only when I saw bleach on the list did I give pause. Bleach for what, I asked. For sterilizing the water, my husband responded. Oh.

We did have one category 4 storm and since I was 36 weeks pregnant, the military requested that I sit out the storm in our local hospital. So for two days, my husband and I played games, ate in the cafeteria and videoed the bending palm trees outside our window. My son was home with his grandmother and they watched Disney movies and made popcorn and generally drove each other crazy. But that was all.

For many reasons, which you can find by turning on any news program, I feel a bit more serious about it this year. After what has happened in Myanmar and China, natural disasters, or acts of God as some like to call them, seem like more of a reality to me. And I’m being more careful as I prepare this year’s typhoon box.

Why is That?

Why is that? Why do we have to experience something before we’re willing to prepare?

We have to get a ticket or cause an accident before adjusting our driving. We have to be diagnosed with diabetes before we’ll change our eating and exercise habits. We have to watch our spouse pack his or her things and drive off for a “few days of separation” before we realize our marriage needs attention. And sometimes we have to experience the loss of a loved one to begin to appreciate those we still have.

There is one event that I hope we don’t need to experience in order to prepare for: the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

"For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come" (Matthew 24:38-42).

There is no typhoon box, no diet, no project, no job that is more important than being prepared to meet our Savior.  May we be diligent and be ready.

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