Friday, October 30, 2015

For Fraser: Chicken Runs, Prepping and God Stuff

Thursday we were adding Phase 2 to our chicken coop. Mr. Perky got up early and took down the entire entrance wall, framed up that side, added a door, then put up the chicken wire. This took several hours and the chicken run was completely open the entire time. Dudley-Did-Right and the girls had the opportunity to cross the open threshold and run free for the day. But, they weren't ready for that step yet. What were they thinking? What did they perceive was beyond that imaginary barrier? What stopped them from journeying into freedom?
Honestly I believe that people allow fear of the unknown stop them in their path; a path they know in their heart they need to take.
We preppers understand that things are getting hairy. Some people simply become overwhelmed by what they see. Mired in fears of canning explosions, thinking they don't have enough money to prepare or any fill in the blank reason they may have for not crossing the line into prepping.
Others step out on faith and start preparing, figure it out with what they have, get out of debt, do the things that are necessary to become self-sufficient to the best of their ability. Make a plan and follow the plan.
For the last couple of weeks I have been drawn to read Numbers & Joshua in the Bible. When the Israelites reached Canaan the promised land, they wouldn't see what the Lord had promised them any more. They were complacent, sitting on their laurels with a defeated attitude. They were challenged and made the choice to remain lukewarm.
Fast forward 40 years when Joshua encountered the man with a drawn sword, the commander of the Lord's army just before Jericho. What did he do? He asked what message did the Lord have for him and then he complied.
The Israelites wandered aimlessly because of their attitude. When their passion was ignited again to actually listen to what God commanded them to do...things changed and they were able to take the territory that God promised all along.
Just a thought...
Prepared or not,
Canaan or Jericho:
which choice, which answer?

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