Your water buckets are those things you use to catch the “rain” of blessings that you’ll need to sustain you, not today, and maybe not even tomorrow, but at some point in the future. Preparation is one of the keys to success. While you can’t know every possible scenario that could happen in your life, you can have a plan to better prepare yourself for how to deal with the circumstances as they come.
Everyone should keep water buckets around. Maybe it’s maintaining your own savings account after you get married; or learning how to turn your hobby into an income stream for your family. Perhaps as a single adult, you can take in a roommate so that you put the extra funds away for that emergency. Or as a family you purchase a house with the purpose of turning part of it into income property so that you can pay your mortgage off early. Water buckets are ways to save money and resources today so that you have them to use later when you unexpectedly need it.
If you’ve been through a divorce, and suddenly found yourself dealing with the shock of returning to just one income; perhaps your spouse carried you on their insurance, and now you’re having to look for and pay your own, along with the mortgage, and that new car that at the time seemed like a good idea — then you understand the concept of having had something in those buckets.
Maybe you’re single, just lost your job, and now there’s no second income to fall back on; no one else to help pay for those bills or provide some of the benefits that you just lost. Or you and your spouse figured you’d “get around to” getting life insurance one day when you got older, only now they’re gone and you’ve had to use all of your savings to pay funeral costs.
Perhaps you still have your job, but with the cost of everything increasing, you’re just barely making enough to cover your monthly expenses, with no room for anything else. But then the brakes go out in your car, and there’s no coworker or bus line within 10 miles of you, offering no alternative but to get the car fixed.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar in your life or someone you know, then you understand that life is full of unexpected surprises and unplanned stops in the middle of places you never imagined yourself ending up. And while we can’t control some of the circumstances that may happen to us, we can control how well we’re prepared to take on those events when they happen.
Being prepared for life’s unexpected turns means being willing to create and then implement a plan now, so that you are where you need to be, have what you need to have, or are on your way to accomplishing steps to help you if or when a crisis enters your life.
So when it’s raining outside, the grass is looking green, the flowers are colorful and all the trees are thick with foliage, don’t worry about your neighbors or friends looking at you strangely because you’ve placed your water buckets around the house to fill them up. Maybe they haven’t checked the forecast to know that there’s a drought coming. Be thankful that you’re going to be ready for it.