Prepare gets ready. It gets ready to make, to teach, to create, to do, to present, and any number of other things. We prepare food, lessons, gardens, wills, and slideshows. We prepare children for adulthood, budgets for financial security, spare rooms for company, and vehicles for long trips. Prepare is a much used word.
But how does one prepare for God? Most of prepare surrounds the expected. We prepare for what we expect to do or see happen in the future. We get ready for what is known to probably be. But God is mysterious and unpredictable. How do I prepare for that? I Wait. I wait with awareness. I hope. I desire. And then I am surprised. Why? Because God did the unexpected.
Other than to be ready, I cannot prepare myself for what God will do. So instead of getting ready—preparing, I find that I must be in a state of readiness—ready to receive the unexpected—prepared. Prepared will prevent me from shouting out, “Wait, I am not ready.”
Here is my reflective question for the day: “How does prepare speak to your spiritual condition?”