Read Luke 21 today.

This chapter includes the story of the widow who put the two coins in the offering, and the conversation related to the destruction of Jerusalem. Jesus’ teaching about the latter seems to focus on the people being prepared for what is to come rather than how to avoid what is to come.
I have two thoughts about this. There are some things that are unavoidable. (Some examples might be the change in the seasons, labor in childbirth, aging, and death.) If they are truly unavoidable, it does not make much sense spending time and effort seeking to avoid them. This is not to say we should rush to embrace them, but seeking to avoid them will ultimately prove to be fruitless. What Jesus was saying was to be prepared. Stay prepared.
As I was thinking about Jesus’ words, I was wondering how many people awaken on the day of their death without knowing that particular day will be their last day. How would their preparation for the day be different if they knew? It seems Jesus is telling us to be prepared. This is not by dulling ourselves to that which is unavoidable in hopes that it will not happen. Nor is it by wringing our hands, consumed by morbid worry about what might happen today. Instead, it seems the issue is ensuring each day that we are right with God, and ready to stand before the Son of Man.
Are you?
Luke 21:34-36 NLT
“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, [35] like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. [36] Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.”