1 Thessalonians 5:2,4 “for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night…But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.”

As I write this post, I am in my home in Hawaii, where we are expecting two hurricanes to hit over the next few days. The impending storm has been the hot topic of conversation for a few days now, as people are rushing about preparing for the worst. Stores have been turned upside down as panicked shoppers gather water, toilet paper, and emergency supplies. Trees are being trimmed, and windows are being secured, just in case this one is really bad.

Of course we don’t know if this will be a huge storm, or if it could pass by without any major damage, but everyone wants to be prepared. And I can’t help but think that one week ago, no one was thinking about a storm. Stocking up on toilet paper and water was the furthest things from people’s minds. People panic, because they are not prepared. (me included.)

This whole scene makes me consider our spiritual lives: If we could be certain that Jesus was coming back say–tomorrow, what would we be doing today? Would there be some preparations to be made? Some trimming here, some securing there? If we thought these were our last days on earth, would we be willing to turn our lives upside down in an effort to make changes, and prepare our hearts?

Perhaps the Lord can use things like a tropical storm to teach us all a spiritual lesson. The Bible warns that Jesus will return like a “thief in the night,”–Do we believe Him? Have we prepared our hearts so that we are not caught off guard on that day, but rather welcome His coming? If we faced our own end suddenly, would we be ready?

Hopefully this storm will pass, and I will be glad to have a few extra cans of food in my pantry for another storm. Similarly, Jesus may not come back tomorrow, but my life will only be more blessed as I prepare my heart for the day that He does.

(for more awesome Scripture to go with this, read 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)