Legend has it that the wider the lighter brown sections of the Woolley-Bear caterpillar the milder the coming Winter will be. According to my small friend we are going to have another whopper of a Winter! Are you prepared?
In Proverbs 31 we are given the picture of the woman who fears the Lord. She seems to be a cross between Wonder Woman and Zsa-Zsa Gabor. Not to detract from the thought that she is a great example for Godly women today, she can also be thought of as a picture of the church – The bride of Christ.In middle of that list of things like; taking care of the poor, being good stewards, working to provide for the family’s needs and being strong is a very interesting verse.
She is not afraid of snow for her household,
for all her household are clothed in scarlet Proverbs 31:21
As a part of God’s bride (the church) we must also remember to prepare for Winter. Around here we might put away the porch furniture, cover the grill and bring in the potted Hibiscus. On the farm, the last of the apples need to be picked off and put in the cellar, the cow corn cut and put in the silo and the house furnace cleaned and checked. These are all steps to protect and prepare because the gentle days of Spring and Summer are over. The long assault of cold, ice and snow are at our doorstep and we do all we can think of to be ready.
As a church we need to also prepare because Jesus is returning and though the timing is secret the event is certain. There are still souls lying exposed and vulnerable out in the harvest fields. The things we are doing will soon be exposed to the light of God’s presence and we need to evaluate their worth. Most of all we need to remember the Cross. It is the Cross of Jesus alone that covers, protects, prepares and makes beautiful our souls before God. The cross clothes us in scarlet and because of the sacrifice of our Savior’s blood we are safe and need not ever be afraid!