For whatever reason, the word “preparedness” has been coming to my mind lately. I don’t really understand it, but when something happens more than once (it usually happens in threes for me), I sit up and pay attention. It’s usually God trying to get my attention, although I haven’t fully decided if this topic is divine-intervention or not. 😉
I have a pantry and I try to buy things to feed my family in a pantry-stocking manner. In other words, it took a little while to set up, but I’ve got items that we use regularly, purchased at the lowest price I could find at the time, available to me to use so I don’t have to pay top-dollar when I need them. Makes sense, right?
I think so.
I’ve not been stockpiling water, ammunition, or other items that some people do – mostly because I don’t see a need for them, and partly because I don’t want to be lumped in that “crazy group” of people who are ready to live in an underground bunker someplace in the Rocky Mountains. And yes, I’m serious. I know people like this and would rather not partake in a conspiracy-theory, no matter how plausible it might seem.
So where does “preparedness” come in for me? Why is this an issue? I honestly have no idea – genuinely. And yet, it’s at the forefront of my mind and I can’t help but think that having a storehouse of items isn’t a terrible idea.
I think I struggle for two reasons:
1. I am incredibly self-sufficient, left to my own means. As much as I value relationships and people, I would rather Do It By Myself if given the choice. Sometimes this is good, but lately it’s come to my attention that it’s a detriment to my spiritual walk. If I’m reliant upon myself, then I’m not reliant upon God … you can see where this goes for me.
2. I’m not a Latter-Day Saint (Mormon). I’m not going to be LDS, and I understand why food-storage is a big deal and important within that particular faith. But I’m not part of that group and that’s that.
And yet, I find myself longing for a small chest freezer to stick in the basement and to buy bulk quantities of wheat berries for my bread-making. I find myself perusing sites that are linked to blogs about preparedness – and I don’t know why I’m there. I wonder about #10 cans of dried goods, how I would use them, or even IF I would use them, and I find myself staring in horror at dried butter solids in a #10 can that are designed to mix with water and create a spreadable butter.
The foodie in me turns up her nose, but I wonder if it’s wise to continue to stock up on things that we use (okay, maybe not the #10 can of butter) and store them away for a rainy day (or a harder recession than we’re in now). It seems like a good idea, and then I turn myself in a knot wondering if I’m being too self-sufficient and not God-reliant enough.
I’m conflicted – in case that wasn’t obvious.
There are certain things we will eat and some things we won’t – I’m not, for example, going to store up dried non-fat milk. Icky. Not when I’ve gone to great lengths and reasonable expense to procure farm-milk for my family. There are some things that I won’t do because of the health-ramifications. I won’t consider highly-processed foods like Twinkies®, no matter what the urban legend is about the preservatives allowing it to survive a nuclear holocaust. 😉
I know none of us are promised tomorrow, and I think that’s where some of my conflictedness comes from. But then I think, even if I’m not promised tomorrow and I won’t be here, at least my family would have things they need to continue on without me…
I talk myself in circles. I need to figure out why this is such a hard topic for me and what my solution is.
What do you do for pantry-items and/or putting away things for the future? What doesn’t work for you? Why do you do what you do?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. I don’t want to debate religion or theology – I’d just like to hear your ideas and tips. I suspect we will end up with a freezer sooner rather than later, but what I stock it with will be determined by where I land on this topic. 😉