Joy in Preparedness: Finding Strength and Happiness in Being Ready

Have you ever felt nervous about something unexpected happening? Maybe a big storm, or a power outage? It’s normal to feel this way, but did you know that being prepared for these things can actually bring us joy and peace? Yes, that’s right! Just like a squirrel gathers nuts for winter, we can also prepare for things in life, and this can make us feel happy and secure.

The Bible, God’s special book for us, talks a lot about being prepared and finding joy in it. Let’s explore how being ready for anything can bring us joy and peace, just like it says in the Bible.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” This verse is like a warm hug from God, telling us not to worry because He is with us. When we prepare for things, we can do it with a happy heart, knowing that God is watching over us.

Imagine you have a big test at school. You study hard, and you’re ready for it. When you sit down to take the test, you feel calm and confident, not scared or worried. That’s a little like what God wants for us when we prepare for other things in life. We can feel joy because we know we’ve done our best to be ready.

Proverbs 21:31 (NIV) says, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.” In Bible times, people prepared horses for battle, but they knew that God was the one who would help them win. Just like them, we can prepare for things in our lives, but always remember that God is with us, helping us along the way.

So, how can we find joy in being prepared? Here are a few tips:

  1. Pray and Trust God: Talk to God about what you’re preparing for. Ask Him to help you and to give you peace.
  2. Do Your Part: Just like studying for a test, do what you can to be ready. If it’s getting ready for a storm, make sure you have things like water, food, and flashlights.
  3. Share with Others: Helping your family or friends get ready can be really fun. It’s like being on a special team where everyone works together.
  4. Be Thankful: Remember to thank God for everything you have to help you be prepared, like your home, your family, and your brain!
  5. Celebrate: When you’ve done a great job preparing, celebrate! Maybe have a little party or do something fun with your family.

Remember, God loves it when we’re prepared because it shows we’re using the wisdom He gave us.  And you know what’s great…?

We can have joy and peace in our hearts, knowing that we’re ready for anything – and have the Faith to know that God is sovereign and has us in His care!