It's been a few weeks since I was here last for numerous excuses. First, I'm nursing an interfering pinched nerve in my lower neck, next we've taken a couple short trips from home and finally, I've been working on our "go to" property which is well away from where we work and live. This last issue has actually been my central focus for the last month. I've been able to, with some much needed and welcome help, secure a travel trailer in place, supply it with well water and basic power from a portable generator and a few small solar panels. After this week's doctor appointment regarding my physical problem(which I worked with anyway), I will return to complete the next phase of our "go to plan" which is constructing the first addition to the trailer and installing 2 wood-burning stoves. The goal is to have a habitable place by the first snow - if the socio/eco/political conditions allow us that much time.
I left off two other activities which are also consuming our time: the church we started and we've begun homeschooling 3 of our grkids. The 16yo and 7yo are "full-timers" and the 4yo only part time and that only because he has way too much energy for my wife and I combined to deal with in a long-term situation. LOL
Let me ask you this: if the free exchange of ideas began to boil over today, are you where you need to be with what you will likely need to see yourself, loved ones and extended tribe trough the hardest of times? In short, "Are you prepared"?
Let me share a concise example of one person's contingency plan.
The nation of Israel was headed by King Saul and they, as a nation, were beleaguered by the Philistines. This time was different in that the Philistines had shamed the Israelis into hiding by the challenging by one man - 9+ ft Goliath who was offering a one-on-one-winner-take-all option to all out war. Enter David, the shepherd and youngest of 8 boys who, having made the trip to the front at the request of his father, took the situation in and declared, "Is there not a cause??!!" He promptly volunteers to go up against this blaspheming giant. After having tried on the King's armor, he opted for something less restrictive and unfamiliar. His choice was to use what he knew and had proven already: his shepherd's sling. Following a very quick stop at the brook close by, he proceeds to confront and defeat the champion of the Philistine army with one well-placed brookstone to the forehead of said menace. Once the bully had been reduced to a manageable size and position, our young hero decapitates him negating any chance of him becoming a repeat offender.
OK, so where's the contingency plan...??? Let's go back a few paces to David's stop at the brook.
Here's what the Bible tells us:
ISamuel 17:40 "And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine."(emphasis added)
But there was only Goliath on the battlefield so why five stones? Was he planning to reload and get off four more rounds if each of the previous missed? No, not so much. He was quite confident that he would need only one stone for the clear and present danger. The reason was really just a matter of mathematics.
IISamuel 21:15 ¶ "Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.
16 And Ishbibenob, which was of the sons of the giant, the weight of whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of brass in weight, he being girded with a new sword, thought to have slain David.
17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah succoured him, and smote the Philistine, and killed him. Then the men of David sware unto him, saying, Thou shalt go no more out with us to battle, that thou quench not the light of Israel.
18 And it came to pass after this, that there was again a battle with the Philistines at Gob: then Sibbechai the Hushathite slew Saph, which was of the sons of the giant.
19 And there was again a battle in Gob with the Philistines, where Elhanan the son of Jaareoregim, a Bethlehemite, slew the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.
20 And there was yet a battle in Gath, where was a man of great stature, that had on every hand six fingers, and on every foot six toes, four and twenty in number; and he also was born to the giant.
21 And when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea the brother of David slew him.
22 These four were born to the giant in Gath, and fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants."(emphasis mine again)
David simply made provision to take on the giant and his four boys(of whom Goliath was just one) should the need arise - that day. As Scripture shows us, the day David destroyed the Philistine's inspiration, they all ran.(ISamuel 17:51) David and his men would get their chance at the rest of the family later on with the same results.
Point being to all this: David knew the potential risks - both immediate and extended - and took appropriate steps to deal with them.
NC PatCon is coming. I, my wife and likely our 16yo grdaughter will be attending. I'll admit it, I'm going for two reasons. One being the opportunity to meet others of like mind and the other to grab another stone for my bag - K's Beginner Class.
What's in your stone bag?
Pray for the best while prepping for the worst.
PP Chaplain III to III