Yesterday I wrote of the devastation caused by the recent rain and resulting flooding. During all this, we heard a rumor that the water supply might be cut off temporarily. Immediately Larry and I began filling containers with water.
As we were doing this, I thought (not for the first time) about the prophets' directives over the years that we store sufficient food and water to get us through an emergency. Though Larry and I have some food (not enough) in storage, we had no water. Our scrambling efforts netted us a hodgepodge of water-filled pots and pans. It certainly wasn't organized or anything that remotely approached what we would need in a true emergency.
Why hadn't we followed the prophets' counsel? A couple of reasons: we're lazy. There's no getting around it. We're just plain lazy. No excuse. Another: we, like many people, think a disaster or emergency won't happen to us. We think we're somehow immune from such hardships.
Have we changed our ways? Not yet. But we've started thinking about it. And maybe that's progress.
So, for today, I'm grateful for the counsel of prophets. I'm even more grateful for those occasions when we're wise enough to obey that counsel.