This past weekend was a wild one, wasn’t it? I would have never imagined I would see this in my lifetime. It felt like a bad movie to me. People were in a panic.
The effect it had on me was disappointment.
Yes, I think we should use wisdom. I even think we should stay prepared; in whatever ways we feel necessary. However, I do not think it should be fear based. And it was.
In three days’, time every store was out of necessities. That means those who didn’t get into fear were left without. And the elderly that couldn’t get out – they too lacked.
I thought about the book of Acts 32.
Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. Nor was there anyone among them who lacked.
Now, let me share it with you from The Passion Translation.
All the believers were one in mind and heart. Selfishness was not a part of their community, for they shared everything they had with one another. The apostles gave powerful testimonies about the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great measures of grace rested upon them all. Some who owned houses or land sold them and brought the proceeds before the apostles to distribute to those without. Not a single person among them was needy.
Selfishness was NOT part of their community. That’s the community I want to be a part of.
These are people who had an encounter with the love of Jesus Christ. There was no selfishness in them, and no one lacked. No one lacked because they made sure of it.
Breanne and I would have loved to take toilet paper and hand sanitizer to the elderly, but we couldn’t. It was all bought up by a couple men in our area wanting to make money off the crisis. Selfishness.
In times like these, the light of Jesus Christ should shine in us.
Fear has no place in us. Selfishness has no place in us. Neither of these things have place in the love of God.
Hence the reason the weekend disappointed me.
Today, I went to the grocery store, early in the morning, as I always do. I was hoping all the fear hoarding was over and I could do my weekly shopping in peace. And I did. But all the shelves were empty. I just laughed.
Again, yes, we should prepare, I am not saying we shouldn’t. I am saying… we should be thinking of others as well. Not being so fearful that we fail to remember there are those who cannot buy a months’ worth of groceries. There are those who can’t even get out – now there is no way to help them because everything is gone.
Breanne uses hand sanitizer daily for the chickens she raises. She couldn’t find any at all for days. I went through a storage tub in my garage looking for something and found eight trial size bottles. We were excited. But what did she do? She remembered a family who had just brought home a newborn and had been searching for sanitizer. She mailed them half of what we found. I am so proud of her. That is the love of God shining through.
Today, I want to say a couple things to you. Refuse fear. Don’t be led by fear, it will take you no good place. And remember, during times like these, to let the love of God shine through. Don’t be selfish or greedy.
God is not shocked by this. He will take care of you. He will provide for you and your family – do not fear. Only believe.
Father, show us today someone we can bless. Nudge me if I am in fear or greed, don’t let me go there please. I choose to show forth YOUR love in this time. In Jesus name. Amen.