Patience – the Answers Will ComeTaylor Abegg
My wife and I recently attended a Christmas concert downtown the same night there was a major sporting event a few blocks away. We hadn’t really thought it through beforehand, but the concert ended about the same time as the sporting event. We quickly realized what a mistake we’d made. The traffic, with over 50,000 fans and concert attendees all trying to leave the already congested downtown streets at the same time, became an absolute nightmare!
It was a major test for me not to lose it. It took over an hour to drive just six blocks to the freeway entrance, where we cruised at an amazing 25 miles per hour for the next hour. I’ve never been a patient guy and this episode did not help.
I also struggle with patience in getting answers to my questions or understanding how future events might unfold. This carries over to my overwhelming desire to know and understand how future events may unfold – thus my dislike of surprises. It’s funny, as much as I’m not a fan of surprises; I love to surprise my loved ones.
Over the years, as Christmas approached, I would get a kick out of teasing our kids about the gifts they would receive. I would tell them if they had any idea what they we getting, they would go insane because it would be impossible to wait till Christmas to open them.
As much as I enjoy getting gifts and surprising my family and friends, it just doesn’t carry over to how I feel – I’m just not keen on surprises myself. Since I’m not one for surprises, and patience is not my strong suit, I often struggle because I want to know all the details and inside story right now.
I even struggled with this in my youth. As the Christmas season approached, I knew where my mom would hide the Christmas presents and when she would go to the store, I would open my presents to see what I was getting. There were times that my brother and I not only opened the presents, but would play with the toys and then wrap them back up before my mom got home. I look back on that now and feel really crumby about it and I’m sure I offended Santa. Nevertheless, it’s still hard for me to be patient and wait for the answers.
I don’t think I’m alone in wanting answers to life’s questions right now. Sometimes there are very weighty questions and problems where a decision is needed but we hesitate because we can’t see the future and may not be certain as to the outcome of any given decision. I wish I knew the answers to those questions but I have learned I need to exercise faith that if I’m doing all I can to solve a problem, if I continue to work and pray and try, eventually things will work out. They always do.
It may not be in the time frame I would have chosen or even in the manner I thought would have been best, but things will work out. For those who refuse to give up and are committed to continue to move forward in faith, in spite of not knowing all the answers, I’m convinced those answers will become clear sometime down the road.
I believe this quote from Steve Jobs really makes a lot of sense:
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.” ~ Steve Jobs
This has been a real challenge for me as it relates to properly preparing for an uncertain future. Yes, I would love to know when things will get bad enough that we’ll need to rely on our food storage. Yes, I would love to know what the event or events will be that will trigger this need. And yes, I’d love to know how long we’ll need to be on our own. I would venture to guess everyone would want to know this info. Knowing these details could alleviate so much potential pain and suffering. It could also help us prepare to provide for those who can’t prepare for themselves.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way things work. There is no fortune teller who can spell out all the future details of our lives so we can be totally prepared and ready for every potential event we will encounter. Certainly if there were, there would be no need for faith in our lives, there would be no challenges we weren’t prepared for and there certainly would be no surprises that might catch us off guard. And as a result, there would be no personal growth that comes from moving forward with faith, not knowing the end of the story before it begins.
If your desire and goal is to provide for your family with food storage and all the non-food items that accompany being properly prepared, then move forward with faith believing things will work out. Even if you don’t know where to start, do something – anything, especially if you feel promptings you may not be able to explain.
You may not completely understand why you feel a prompting to purchase food storage, or that coil of rope, or extra bottles of hydrogen peroxide, or a case of matches. You may question yourself when you are led to purchase an axe, or a large tent, or extra warm clothes from the thrift store. You may wonder why you feel a need to buy extra work gloves, or large brimmed hats, or sewing kits. But if you do follow through and act on the promptings you receive, the time will come when you’ll be able to connect the dots and understand fully why you received those promptings.
Please don’t let the fact that you don’t have all the answers keep you from moving forward with your preps. Just because you may not be able to see in your mind why you would ever need emergency food storage, don’t let that keep you from moving forward. The dots will all eventually connect and our lives will be blessed if we choose to move forward with faith.
Taylor Abegg has been in the preparedness industry for more than 35 years helping customers with their needs.