As the winter of 2013 approached Atlanta. . .
“You’re banned from shopping at CostCo,” she said.
“Hey, it’s really important to continue filling the pantry,” he said. “I’ve told you how the storms came through the mountains and for several weeks the store was out of all food. Most of us stored food. Just in case. Yet there were always some who didn’t. They learned the hard way that a full pantry is literally a life saver.”
“We aren’t in the mountains,” she said. “Nothing like that is ever going to happen here. NO MORE TRIPS TO COSTCO UNLESS I SAY SO AND YOU FOLLOW MY LIST.”
January 2014 as reported in local news:
“People left schools and businesses around the same time. This coupled with winter weather conditions caused serious traffic gridlock that worsened throughout Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday.”
• More than 2,000 cars were abandoned on Atlanta’s interstates.
• More than 1,460 crashes happened between Tuesday morning and Wednesday evening.• There were 2 fatal crashes.• There were more than 175 injuries reported.• More than 400 flights in and out of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport were canceled by 6 a.m. Thursday.According to the Associated Press
“Well, this is another fine mess you’ve got us in Ollie,” He could have said during snowmaggendon. But why start WWIII. It took nearly a week to clear the ice from roads north of Atlanta. And this was not the last time such a storm would come through. The next times, however, folks didn’t wait until the storm was upon them; they left work early and schools were emptied out well before trouble could occur.
So then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6.
There is a need to be prepared for all circumstances. We must do in the physical realm the things we are meant to also do in the spiritual realm. We demonstrate our spiritual understanding by acting upon the Word of G-d while on Earth. When Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he was specifically referring to apathy of spiritual things. He’s saying that those who know G-d through Lord Y’shuaJesus are to be mindful and alert. He contrasts the worldly ways of people who, at night, dull their senses with wine. To apply this verse to our Earthly lives, we are to be wise and aware of our ways and our environment. In a sense, it’s like fasting. The act of fasting is physical, yet it has spiritual ramifications and significance.
Being aware spiritually is also being ready for the return of the Messiah, Lord Y’shuaJesus. This is seen throughout the writings of the Apostles. Y’shuaJesus, too, spoke about being prepared to meet Him when He returns. The Lord used various parables to tell of the spiritual preparation that is needed to meet Him. In one parable, Matthew 25, the Lord said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”