If life is a stage and we are all players, then why is it that someone who has been sitting in the audience suddenly steps up on the center stage of one’s life and takes the limelight. That is how I feel about the next “person in my neighborhood.” I have been interested in getting to know her since she moved in, but felt a bit shy. I couldn’t seem to make the leap from the acknowledgement “hello” in the church hallway to the “tell me about your childhood” kind of relationship. That’s when God gave things a push and assigned her to be my visiting teacher. That helped a bit, but it wasn’t until our Emergency Preparedness Enrichment Night that she pulled me aside. “I think we need to talk,” she said. “You made some comments at the meeting that showed me you and I might be on the same page.” I didn’t know what she was talking about. Is there a preparedness page to be on?
On Sunday afternoon she brought me a book and spent some time opening herself up to me. I was sincerely grateful that she was willing to share her insights and concerns about the future and how she is preparing her family to withstand the many difficulties she sees coming. Over the last couple of weeks, I have attended essential oil classes with her and discussed many facets of preparedness that I have not thought about. There are gaps in my family’s preparedness efforts that she has brought to light. Her interest in helping me is, I feel, a direct intervention from the Lord to wake me up.
She reminded me that the parable of the ten virgins can be looked at from a different aspect than just spiritual preparedness. Because the bridegroom was delayed, all the virgins slept. The flame depleted the lamps of the five foolish virgins during that time. The lamps of the wise virgins burned also, but they had a whole other flask of oil waiting to refill their lamps. They were prepared. The five foolish virgins were sent to the vendors to purchase oil and missed the wedding. Can you buy spiritual preparedness? No. In this way, the parable also reminds us to be prepared temporally.
There is definitely a preparedness page to be on. President James Faust said, “Every father and mother are the family’s storekeepers. They should store WHATEVER their own family would like to have in the case of an emergency”¦I believe if we are provident and wise in the management of our personal and family affairs and are faithful, God will sustain us through our trials.” Have you heeded the call to prepare? What insights can you give the Segullah readers as you have prepared your family?