jonathan and i have been out picking through the firewood pile. looking for what is dry enough to burn on these last cold nights of the season. the forecast is still calling for some nights below freezing. winter is basically at its end, though, and i am truly thankful for the warmer days. but i have not forgotten about the next season of cold coming. and the fact that firewood doesn’t cure as quickly as I would like. we can’t just run out and cut it and then be able to use it in the fireplace right away. it must dry. cure. season. planning ahead is necessary. allowing time is vital.
“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.” -Proverbs 21:20
i want to be prepared. i love it when the racks are stacked full in the garage. ready for the cold. protected from the snow and ice. such preparedness doesn’t always feel possible when life takes us by surprise. when difficulties appear seemingly out of nowhere, they leave us depending on past experiences where we have gained some knowledge about how to deal with such circumstances. and sometimes facing new circumstances pushes us to be creative. to live with a sense of faith that we might not have had to otherwise.
so…be wise and prepare when you can. and when life takes you by surprise, draw on the storehouses of knowledge and experience you have. and maybe most importantly, draw close to your Creator. lean on His strength. we are created in His image so we have an attribute of creativity as well. be creative with what you’ve got and what you face.
in second timothy, paul says to his friend, “make every effort to come before winter…” do what we can to prepare for those things in life that have some sense of predictability. winter will return. fill the racks with firewood. and when the unpredictable presents itself, respond to it with wisdom and faith and creativity.