Have you moved lately? I don’t mean getting out and moving your body, but moving your household to another place. We did that this past weekend and I discovered how out-of-shape I have become. We (meaning mostly Mel) filled a ten-foot Uhaul truck with dozens of boxes filled with files, plus enough furniture to keep us operating while living in our rental. We’re still working on our old home to get it ready for sale, but Mel has a job out of state, so we have to be in two places for a while. The rest of the furniture will have to come later, and we’ve already promised we’ll hire a professional crew to do that. I will need to hit the sidewalks, the hiking trails, even the elliptical, and get some tone back in my muscles–so yes, that kind of moving is vital, too.
When moving, it was important for Mel and me to recognize our need for the right equipment for the move. I found that out the hard way when I drove the Uhaul on Sunday (I’m the die-hard driver in the family.) I didn’t wear the right shoes for the job and I didn’t get out and stretch enough on the five-hour drive. I’d have been fine if the Uhaul had been equipped with cruise control, but it wasn’t. That would be the right gear for me.
As soon as we reached our destination, I changed out of my walking shoes and put on my sandals. Yeah, that was a huge mistake. They were Birkenstocks, but they still didn’t have the right padding for the amount of work I had to do. Four hours later, after pounding back and forth on the sidewalk and hard tile floor carrying boxes and moving mattresses and chairs, I didn’t realize just how bad that mistake was. The next day, yesterday? I could barely walk.
At first I thought I was just getting too old to do this stuff, but that can’t be right. I’m not THAT old! Besides, twenty years ago, Mel and I hiked several trails in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, and after two days of hiking that hard slickrock, my knees were worse than they are today. I’m thinking next time we move I’ll wear my hiking boots for support.
Have you ever run out of the house without a jacket or umbrella and been caught in a sudden rainstorm? Or have you ever taken a trip without directions, or even a map? I still prefer a map to GPS, because I’ve found it’s possible to cut a lot of time off my trip if I can find a shortcut on a well-drawn map. GPS just doesn’t pick up on all those secondary routes–and some of those routes hold a lot of beauty. Wise is the person who leaves the house equipped for whatever might be necessary for the day.
All these things are important for successful living, I believe. Still, one thing I have always known, and yet have taken for granted too often, is that the Bible is the most important item of preparation for any plan. When I run off half-cocked without a close connection to God’s Word–or to God through prayer–I find I lose spiritual energy halfway through the task at hand.
Oh, sure, I catch quick messages from friends and family on Facebook, reading a verse or two here and there, and we have a great pastor at church on Sundays, but I can’t just rely on someone else’s word. Reading my own Bible consistently is what I call being truly equipped. It grounds me, keeps me sane, keeps me moving in the right direction. That doesn’t mean I have to understand everything I read, because I know I never will in this lifetime, but God can speak to me through His written Word and keep me tuned to His will throughout the day.
Before you face your day, make sure you’re equipped with the right gear. Keep the Word of God in your heart as you choose the right clothing to wear, the proper protection for the weather–especially the way the weather has behaved this year–and the proper equipment for work. I don’t know why it seems some of us have to be reminded of this so often, but once again I’m determined to hide God’s Word in my heart, that I might not sin against Him.