So, how else do we prepare for puddles?
It's like preparing to have your first child. You will never really know what you are in for. BUT, remember Noah....God prepared him by having him build the ark. Then He had him gather the animals to put in the ark.
The most important preparation is the fact that you must have a genuine real relationship with the Ark, Jesus Christ. It's not a religion. It's not a law. It's not about being good enough. Shoot, none of us are good enough. We all fall short. But by accepting what Christ did on the cross and because of the blood He shed being a cover for us, we are considered clean and pure. Then, and only then, are we acceptable to God. It's only by Jesus. It has nothing to do with us except that we accept His way. It is a gift. Wow. I had no plans to give the salvation message but without salvation, we can not prepare.
So, how do we prepare? By relating to Christ (once we accept His salvation) daily (moment by moment) we learn that we can count on Him to be our refuge and shelter through the storms and puddles. We know that all things work together for good. It may not seem like it, especially when you are in the puddle, but somehow and some way it will come together for good. We know because we see redemption every spring, every morning, every new sunrise.
So, the truth is:
1. There's really only so much you can do to prepare.
2. The most important thing in the world is to accept, believe in and cling to the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Have an active relationship with Him. Relate to Him like your best friend because He is.
4. Read His word in order for your spirit to come to know truth.
5. Trust His Spirit to guide you.
And then cling to HIM! Somehow, some way, He will provide you with the strength and the courage to endure.