Because of the earthquake swarm near the Salton Sea, we were under a “heightened earthquake alert” until 9 a.m. last Tuesday. SoCal residents were encouraged to make sure their emergency kits are fully stocked, and to take other steps to be prepared in the event of a major earthquake.

As I – like so many, based on the sparse shelves – loaded up on extra water, I also took note that it had been longer than I thought since we’d rotated some of the other items in the kit. While I made a list of what needs to be refreshed and replaced, I started to wonder how up-to-date and complete my spiritual emergency kit is.

At first glance, my spiritual emergency kit is well-stocked and portable: Almost everything can be carried in my heart. But as I ran down the checklist, I wondered if I was hoarding resources that I should be using every day.  

I know I have unlimited access to the Living Water; I need to remember to drink it. I know the Light of truth will lead me through any darkness; I need to shine it on my path every day. I know that His Word will help me dig my way through the rubble of sin, anger, and failure, until I can stand upright again, supported and healed by His love and grace; I need to lean on it and learn from it with every step. I know that my brothers and sisters in Christ stand with me, kneel with me, and work with me; I need to be thankful for them in every moment.

I’m going to refresh my kit by opening it and using its contents every day, to keep me strong in faith, to keep me centered in the Lord, and to keep me focused on His will. If I do, perhaps the chance of emergencies will drop, and the certainty of peace, joy, and strength will rise.

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Psalm 46:1-3