Hurricane Irene is 2-3 days away from Vermont. Will it be a windy rainstorm or a total flooded disaster?
Wish I knew. In the spirit of “prepare for the worst and hope for the best”, I just photographed everything I own that I would like an insurance company to replace- including a picture of my camera in the mirror- and uploaded them to flickr. (Sorry, they’re not public.) And now I am feeling very richly blessed.
I’m also feeling a little panicked. I’m not prone to regular panic attacks, thank goodness, but I am definitely a paranoid sort of person. Yes, I have more flashlights than I need… and lamps with oil… and plenty of food and water and gas… and I put all the lawn furniture in the barn… and each kid has a backpack of clothes ready to go…. It’s actually quite hard for me to know where to draw the line. With hindsight, I will know which of these preparations were worth the time and money and which were a waste, but for now I have to tell myself “That’s enough!” sometime before I spend all the money or completely overdo it- or both.
Am I prepared? Hmmm, that question gets more and more difficult to answer every day. One can always do more.
Where can I turn for internal peace? The scriptures are one of my favorite places. Doctrine and Covenants section 45, beginning in verse 22 or so, but especially 56 and 57: “And at that day, when I shall come in my aglory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten bvirgins. For they that are wise and have received the atruth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their bguide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the cfire, but shall abide the day.” There’s similar language in Matthew chapter 24, especially verses 37, 49, and 50.
Who is “prepared”? She who has flashlight batteries, and a strong faith.