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The Sky is Falling
Perspective on the News
Friday, March 18, 2011
Kari Velemirovich

Food and water shortages, earthquakes, nuclear spills, birds falling from the sky, EMP’s, the debt, terrorists, teachers rioting. To top it all off that little man in Iran keeps chanting “Death to America!” and no one really takes him seriously.  It is the stuff of a great doomsday movie.

Sadly, this is our reality.

The warnings of birth pangs increasing are undeniable.  Many believe we shouldn’t expect our neighbors to stretch out their hand in a disaster.  With natural affections on the decline, you are going to have to look out for yourself and those you know.  That is one side of the coin (hopefully that coin is real gold or silver).

The other side is, “trust God and He will see you through”.  He cares for the birds, He will meet your needs as well.  Wait a minute…?  What about birds that are falling out of the sky?  I thought God cared about them.

Oh well, I sit somewhere in the middle as do most people.

My “be prepared” dream looks something like the underground shelter in the movie “Blast from the Past”.  An underground home, complete with a hydroponic grow room, water purification system, a stocked pantry of non-perishable food, entertainment for the family and lots of booze for crazy Mommy.  It would be an all around end of the world utopia.  That would be the “bomb!”

This is where reality peeks out his frustrating head.  What I actually have is foodthree extra large boxes of Ramen noodles, fifteen cans of Ravioli, two cases of water, a broken down barn, a box of heirloom seeds and two acres of clay to cultivate for future bumper crops of tomatoes!  If my plans aren’t foiled by a severe drought.

In a real pinch, we can always suck on the clover growing in abundance in the field and I am sure there are a few other weeds out there good for eating. I've seen Bear Grylls of “Man vs. Wild” eat some pretty interesting stuff.  He also points out to his viewers a variety of bugs for that little extra protein needed.  See? The Lord does provide!

Eating by candlelight may not disguise the crickets in the soup, but the crickets may deter marauders -- when they see what you are eating.

So what do I do?  Well first thing is to get some perspective.  We are a family that lives paycheck to paycheck so relying on God for our daily needs is already a given.

Take no thought of tomorrow is not a call to sit with worry.  It is a call to do something today, because today is all we have.  If a man doesn’t work, he shouldn’t eat. 

Each day brings with it a new list of challenges that we can either face or avoid. We all have the same twenty-four hours but not all have the same bank balance.  We make do with what we’ve got.

It would be nice to have a backhoe come in and dig a swimming pool sized hole to hide my fully stocked emergency shelter.  Unfortunately, that's going to have to be a project for another day... or another person.

Slow and steady wins the race says the tortoise to the hare. In Bible terms, Heaven is the finish line.  Facing each challenge one by one is the only way to get it done.

My slow and steady list includes spending a couple extra bucks a week on canned goods.  Ten dollars can buy almost twenty cans of vegetable soup. That’s an extra week of veggies!  It is already something we eat and keeps for a few years.

Rotation is the key; I splurge and have a can of soup with a grilled cheese on occasion.  No bugs required at this point but maybe I should start getting used to them.

Share the load.  The secret is out; everyone knows the world is going to hell in a hand basket.  Find out what others are doing to prepare and combine your resources.  Many hands make light work.

Pray for a strong backed neighbor holding a shovel. (hey, you never know).  This can both strengthen your relationship with your neighbor and get your garden dug. 

Finding an affordable water purification system and saving ten dollars a week starting today will make your ditch water drinkable in less than a year.

Working faith is the best example. The race is steady.  The path is sure.  Getting off the starting line is the hardest part. (Share links and tips in the comments section.  Nothing is better than practical application.  Farmer's comments especially welcome!)

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!  No need to tell the King, He made that announcement awhile ago.

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