At a church where I was worship leader, the Senior Pastor would frequently repeat this message to the staff: “Sunday comes around every week, whether you’re ready for it or not”. Point being, of course, that we’d better be prepared.
It seems that just about everything in life is like that. After the flood, God told Noah “as long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting and a time for harvest. There will always be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” (Genesis 8:22).
And so it goes. Each day turns from morning into evening, and back again. Every season of the year eventually gives way to a new season. And each time we finally think we have a handle on the phase of life we’re experiencing, what happens? The paradigm shifts! A whole new learning curve starts. The reality of change can be painful.
It’s not like we haven’t been warned. We shouldn’t be surprised. But we are. For instance, we know we’re not going to live forever and that our bodies will begin to weaken. But when clear signs of these events become evident, it can be mind-blowing.
Some great words of wisdom in the Bible can help us to be prepared for these changes, and maybe even feel better about them. Like the encouragement we find in Proverbs 16:31:
“Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.”
Or this oh-so-comforting promise from God found in Isaiah:
“I am your God and will take care of you
until you are old and your hair is gray.“
So don’t be caught off-guard. Prepare for the days you know are coming – spiritually, physically, financially. And if you or someone you love needs a little direction, we’re here to help.