A while back in an item titled, Sunny Day Dilemma, I wrote,“If you and I would stop once in a while, and consider how ridiculously well-provided for we are here in the USA; if we’d just count the blessings we take for granted; we’d take a knee before God and continuously offer humble thanks.”
How things change! We went grocery shopping the other day, and the sight of empty shelves was shocking. Come on, this is America! We expect abundance; we demand choices! Funny how fear creates new norms. No eggs. No flour. No carrots. No potatoes. No onions. Rationed toilet paper.
Well, we bought what we needed, but I was aware of this little dark voice in the back of my head, “Maybe I should get two of those; maybe we should stock up on some of that.” The fear and anxiety are more contagious than the new virus we dread. I ignored the voice and we bought what we needed, though not everything on the shopping list.
The next day, I was near a different grocery store, so I went in seeking carrots, onions and potatoes. Delighted, I saw a few bags of carrots and plopped one into my basket. Plucked up a bag of mandarin oranges. Then I spied ONE bag of russet potatoes. Just as I grabbed it, a woman with a shopping cart approached the now empty bin. I said, “Are you looking for potatoes?” She nodded. “Here take these. We still have some at home” I said, and handed her the bag.
When the disciples asked Him “Teach us to pray”, Jesus taught them this prayer:
Luke 11:2-4 (ESV) “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”
“Daily bread.” Not two weeks supply in case the store runs out. Not a months supply in the freezer. Not six months of canned stuff in a bunker. Just bread, every day. In my now 77 years on earth, not one day has God failed to feed me something. I’ve been broke, unemployed, sick, lost. Never once did God leave me unfed. Even better, God never left me without hope:
Revelation 1:17-18 (ESV) “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
As my Pastor said this morning, God knows the end.
We still have more than we need in this country. This crisis will pass. As for me and my house, we’ll take it one day, and one loaf, at a time. SDG