Isaiah 50:10-11 (NLT)
10Who among you fears the LORD and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the LORD and rely on your God. 11But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon lie down in great torment.
I picture being out in the woods as night falls. It is getting cold, dark, lonely, and kind of spooky. A fire would be good, but I need a real fire, not just a flashlight or some imaginary fire. I need God’s fire. Have I made preparations? Have I gathered firemaking supplies? Am I just surviving on shortcuts and missed opportunities?
This passage put vivid images in my head. I remember trying to camp twice by myself, without fire. The first time I ran away (back to my car). The second time I built a fire. In my life, too often, I take shortcuts and try to make do with less than stellar preparation. Kind of the “farmer way.” I can improvise and patch it together later with duct-tape and bailing twine. Unfortunately, this method always cathes up with me. It falls apart and fails to satisfy.
God is calling me to be better prepared. I think more time with Him is in order.
Dear God, help me to better prepare for the life you’ve led me into. Teach me to not procrastinate and to take care of priorities as you call me.
Teach me God, prepare me.