“One cannot plan for the unexpected.” Aaron Klug
It’s important to plan when we are forewarned that disaster might come but unfortunate when we invest too much time and energy toward things that never happen.
The flood has been a learning experience for all. Those who were struck worse by it, might say that no amount of planning was enough. Having moved everything to higher grounds, some were still unable to recover much of their belongings. Yet, many invested both time and money and did not encounter floods.
How should we prepare for the unexpected?
The unexpected can be tragic. My friend’s husband died unexpectedly last year. He was a heart surgeon who kept himself healthy. He even died while exercising. It came as a shock to all. At the funeral, many were standing because he had saved their lives. Ironically, they were speaking at his funeral.
The unexpected can be fantastic. Another friend came as a single missionary using her medical expertise. She unexpectedly met her husband, a doctor, in the process. She had not prepared for it, but this unplanned occasion was welcomed.
Unexpected things can be good or bad. We can plan for the unexpected, but we don’t want to be left with a sand pile that was never needed.
I suppose the best way to prepare is to remember that when everything has passed away, these three remain–faith, hope, and love. If we invest in these three areas, we’ll have planned well.