Do You Have An Umbrella?

 A wise man thinks ahead; a fool doesn’t, and even brags about it! ~Proverbs 13:16

My wife is a huge planner. She has plans for us 10 years down the road while I am only focusing on the here and now. She has already picked out names for our kids, planned vacations, and has even mentioned about doing a living will. 
You’ve probably heard the saying “Save up for a rainy day.” In other words, make sure you are prepared for what life may throw at you. In more practical terms, if you know that the weather forecast is calling for rain, it would be smart to bring an umbrella with you. You wouldn’t want to be caught in the rain without an umbrella, especially when you knew that it was going to rain.

Jesus told us in John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus warns us that we are going to face some hard times in this life. Not everything is going to be peaches and creame. There are going to be some stretches of rocky road. So it would be wise of us to be prepared for those times.

Now I don’t want to be a “Debbie Downer” or be all doom and gloom, that is not the point of this blog post. The take away from this is, just like you wouldn’t want to be caught in the rain not holding an umbrella, you wouldn’t want to be blindsided by hardship in life without being prepared for it.

There is a story in Genesis where the king of Egypt, Pharoah, had a dream that warned him there was going to be 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine. Now Pharoah’s initial reaction was like ours and he only focused on the famine. But one of his advisers, Joseph, quickly diverted that attention and came up with a plan to save during the time of abundance in order for there to be more than enough to get them through the years of famine. The morale here being that when you prepare during the feast you will be able to outlast the famine.

So I leave you with this question: Do you have an umbrella?


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