Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Finding Fear Amidst Apocolypse

 Three long dry years in Southern California have the experts worried. Fire danger is always a concern and could make for a scary summer and fall. The Morongo preserve saw only 3.23 inches of rain this season and a meager 2.17 inches (according to the Big Morongo Canyon Preserve newsletter) last year. Add to that the decline in local wildlife sightings and it looks as though we are on the edge of an ecological precipice. There is always one more element that gives worry but that is fully out of anybody’s control.

My daughters’ mother tells me that she is worried that the government has bought up all the ammunition and there are no bullets available. This is a concern because soon the dollar will be devalued and the government is going to crash. This will incite panic. If it doesn’t then the effects of movement on the San Andreas Fault will.

One doesn’t have to look farther than the world news to find things to worry about. Whereas I believe that preparing for emergencies is a good idea I don’t think you can figure out the way things are going to turn out. Like in high school and you imagined how asking your favorite girl to the dance would turn out. You imagined her reaction and the conversation. In reality the encounter was nothing like the one in your mental movie script.

Healthy concern is a good thing. Conspiracy theorizing not so much. I can get overwhelmed with the simple difficulties that come into my own life. Freaking out about the coming ‘zombie apocalypse’ just doesn’t seem worth the energy. The words of Christ console when media and chitchat do not; But seek firstHis kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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