By John Kubicek
In Joseph Farah's "non-column" today on WorldNetDaily, "Why I don't have a column today", there was something to think about. And, there was much more to learn. Whether he knows it yet, or not, he took lemons and has turned them into lemonade.
Despite Joseph's grandest efforts to be prepared for disaster, he still went through a nightmare following a violent storm. He had his back up generator for when the electricity goes out, and he had his sump pump to keep his basement from getting wet. Actually, he wasn't quite 100% prepared, because he neglected to get a back up battery for the pump. The ultimate disaster happened when his generator died, and the pump was then out of service. Joseph and his family did their best to literally try to bail out of the problem, but to no avail.
I did say that there was something to think about and things to learn from this, right? Good! Because there is. So, let's think this through. Let's actually put our minds to work to discover what the good is that will come from Joseph's "non-column". This is the main prerequisite to being able to learn the lessons from the Farah Disaster.
You and I know that there is so much in life that can be by far more difficult than what Joseph went through! Hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods... all those disasters that can wipe out our lives as we know it, in a very short amount of time. And then, there are those difficult times when we lose a loved one, our jobs, or suffer disabling health problems. These things can happen to EVERY ONE OF US, despite our best attempts to prevent and prepare.
Can you prevent all that could possibly happen to you? No. The true question is: Are you prepared if something does happen? It should be known that regardless of all you do to "prevent" the worst disasters, it isn't always in your control.
Very unfortunately, when those things happen that were beyond our prevention, many will ask questions. Those questions are usually directed toward God: Why weren't you looking after me? Why did you allow those bad things to happen? How am I supposed to stay faithful and believing when these things happen?
Those that are "spiritually wise" always seem to have the answers, too: You did something wrong and now you are being punished... The Lord has a purpose for what happened to you.... You will learn from this experience... Satan is attacking you to prevent you from doing God's work...
Or worst of all, from the non-spiritual folks: Don't worry, the government will help you out. (Hey, guys, isn't that supposed to be the one they use for the people that are irresponsible about prevention and preparation?)
But, are those the answers that we really want to hear during the troubled times? Do those cliche's really help you get through all that comes at you? Well, not really. The fact is, it doesn't matter how we rationalize our difficult times. Because...
What really matters is this: Do you still Love God, do you still Trust God, and do you still have Faith in Jesus Christ?
(To Joseph Farah and family: I think that your lemons have just been turned into lemonade.)