Does life ever seem to you like one continuous cycle of preparing? The sun is rising later and setting earlier in this corner of the world. Nature takes its cue from the shortening days. The squirrels are stashing nuts in preparation for winter. I watched one bury a walnut. Then when I went to look I found the perfect little hole, but he’d already moved his treasure to another spot. One of his buddies has enlarged the opening of a nesting box and has been stashing his horde there. Neither of them paused for photo ops.
I’ve hung the suet cage for the birds on the feeder. We’re having a mix of mild and colder days, some with temperatures low enough that my feathered friends may need some fat to keep their bodies warm. The varieties that choose not to brave Canadian winters could be well along their southward route.
Plant lovers are moving tender ones indoors before frost attacks. In older homes like Beech Croft there are screens to remove and storm windows to fasten in place. People begin to think of getting snow tires on their cars. Everyone has their list of autumn chores. Next spring folks will be busy with the opposite agenda.
How we think about the routines we follow to prepare for each season, or even for the next day, week, or month, makes a huge difference. Father God wants us to live with a confident expectation of good because what He has planned for every individual is better than we could ever imagine. And He has been making those preparations since before the beginning of this world! (Ephesians 1:4) Jesus said He was going to prepare a place for us. (John 14:2) What kind of amazing future will we experience?
Philippians 4:8 tells us to think of whatever is true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. This choice is ours to make. Especially if present circumstances are difficult, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ our prospect is completely positive. A key component of effective preparation may be to live expecting an extraordinary forever.