Saturday, October 30, 2010
Essential Preparedness Tools of the Trade Part I - Faith
Sir Knight and I have talked at length about preparedness. We have written lists, taken inventories and read about others' preparedness efforts. We have had "off-grid" weekend experiments, done unit studies on "The Little House on the Prairie" and even went so far as to take the plunge and become "non-electric". We have made a lot of mistakes and we have learned a tremendous amount.
One question that I hear a lot is "what is the best off-grid/preparedness tool"? I used to answer that question flippantly with something like "our wood cookstove or Coleman lanterns or a generator". Those answers, while accurate to a certain degree, fall short of communicating our greatest strength.
Our years of living off the grid, of struggling to be self-sufficient and independent, have, in reality, shown us how dependent we really are. When we have exhausted our strength and money and resources and the generator breaks....again, we have to look up. When we can no longer do it on our own, we have to ask the One who can do anything.
"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God". Psalm 20:7
If we ever experience TEOTWAWKI, all of the food supplies and preparations we have made will be a blessing, however, God himself will sustain us. It is He that directs how those provisions will be used. We have learned that we cannot put our trust in what we have, rather in Who we serve.
We have all heard "there are no atheists in foxholes". The same goes for a global disasters, national disasters, local disasters or family disasters. When push comes to shove, we all need something to believe in. Our faith has seen us through a life-threatening ordeal with our infant son, a still-born daughter and the hardships of an off-grid life. Our faith will see us through whatever comes next, be it years of tranquility or years of untold horror.
"Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken."
Our Faith in Jesus Christ is our first, best preparedness tool of the trade.