“But pray that your flight will not be in the winter, or on a Sabbath” (Matthew 24:20).

Winter, on occasion, can facilitate numerous inconveniences—unsafe roadways, cancelled classes, rolling blackouts, and broken pipes. According to Jesus, however, it is something altogether different to face the tribulations of the last days (vs. 4-23) during the hard winter months. As dissimilar as seasonal inconveniences and the suffering of tribulations may be, commonality is to be found in that both expose the self-delusion of being prepared for anything. We always are until we aren’t.

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