Preparing Through Parable: Who Will Get What You Have Prepared?





16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
~Luke 12:16-21





We boomers were raised to work hard, steward the land, store up the excess for lean times; after all we grew up with Depression-era parents who understood first-hand the ant and grasshopper story.

Yet this parable is about the wealthy fool who plans to build bigger barns to store his bounty and enjoy a leisurely retirement only to be told by God that his life would end that night.

Who would then benefit from such a carefully planned storehouse of riches?  We are reminded from where our blessings flow.

It is not for ourselves that we work hard and store up; it is solely to be a blessing to others.

May my eyes see, my ears hear, my heart understand.  He prepares me with parable.




And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that having all contentment in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
~2 Corinthians 9:8






7 thoughts on “Preparing Through Parable: Who Will Get What You Have Prepared?

  1. Sold my practice a year ago. Now 66 yo. While walking my 2 mile routine this lastThursday I had a 1cm basilarstroke. I am entering a new World. Lost my signature and probably driving ability. Prayers are appreciated.


  2. Dear Dr. Raborn,

    I’m so sad to learn you have these challenges to face now as a patient after so many years of service to your patients. The new world surely feels very unfamiliar when your body doesn’t work without a thought as it once did.

    I know there is much brain and body healing that will happen over the next weeks and months as the physical and occupational therapists demand much from you. You have my prayers, and those of many others who stop by here, to know how God’s plan for you includes blessing others in your healing journey. Bless you Richard for the encouragement you bring to me frequently with your words.

    Emily from Barnstorming


  3. Thank you Richard for sharing what you are going through. I will also be praying for you as you walk through your new world as Emily puts it. The new us is sometimes very strange…. I’m sure you will work hard in your PT.

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  4. I am one of the Blessed Stroke Survivors that are headed to 100% recovery. Psychologically, the toughest injury was losing my signature. Now that is improving. Full confidence in my balance is next. I believe that prayer has helped me every day. Thank you again! Richard

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  5. Richard, that is such terrific news! Our brains do have some resiliency and you do too! May God’s healing touch continue to impact you with strength and balance.



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