Do you live in Japan? Have you been watching the news lately? In today’s world it is easy for people to get caught up in the hype of doomsday and war drums, but what is the proper reaction to the alarm bells that are constantly ringing all around us?
In a previous post, I wrote about the importance of having a backpack ready, but if you really want to cover all your bases in a worst-case-scenario, you should have a suitcase packed too. God’s judgment is not just for the world, but also for God’s people.
And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other…
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1 Peter 4:17
Never forget that Daniel in the Bible and his family and friends, even though they were righteous, were also carried off to Babylon. They were faithfully serving God, but they still had to suffer. I am sure their homes were burned and most all their possessions plundered. If you think that God will spare you because you are a “good Christian,” my question to you would be, “Do you think you are better than Daniel?”
Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.
(Ezekiel 14:14, Emphasis added)
I was looking at pictures of refugees the other day and, boy, is it sobering. Take a look at the pictures from this link and this link to get an idea of what could happen to you if you don’t take the North Korean threat seriously. My heart goes out to these people and their families. It is a great tragedy when you are forced to leave your home and have no time to gather any of your possessions.
First Things First
Whatever suitcase you decide to buy, it should be as inconspicuous as possible. No flashy colors. No Christian Dior. It would also be wise to purchase some dark-colored divider pouches for your luggage to make sure people can’t see what you’ve got. To get an idea of what I’m talking about you can click this Rakuten link. (Link only for reference. I have not personally bought this product myself.) If you can’t afford the dividers, you can always go with cheapo laundry bags from the dollar store.
What to Pack?
While I did choose to write out an extensive list of things to put in your bug-out-bag, for the suitcase, I would recommend that each family prayerfully go through each item and make sure they’re not just wasting space. Packing a backpack can be pretty straightforward, but when you’re considering that this suitcase could contain the only possessions you will have left in a crisis situation, it can be extremely sobering. Do you really need room for extra toys for the kids? Is it really necessary to pack some books for reading when you’re fleeing for crying-out-loud?!?
Some things that I plan on putting in–once I can convince my husband–are a kitchen knife and a cutting board, because no regular housewife wants to be stuck cooking with a survival knife–sorry, guys out there. It might be good to have a pot in there too for meals. (If that’ll even be possible…) Everybody’s opinions differ, so keep the dialogue open, and adjust things as necessary.
Always Remember Your Neighbor
Whatever you decide to put in your refugee suitcase, I really recommend you to always think about how you can be of service to the people around you. Maybe it’s just the naïve person in me, but who wants to be the only survivors left? Life’s no fun without community, so sometimes it’s good to be a little redundant in your selection. We all know there are loads and loads of people out there who are not prepared and who knows, maybe you’ll be forced to sell the suitcase and its contents at the last minute to secure your passage to freedom? Prepping fueled by greed is sure to end in failure. Be flexible and as generous as possible always.
Thanks for taking the time to read and may God bless you and keep you safe in these times of trouble!
Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
(Psalm 2:6-9, Emphasis added)