Yesterday I went grocery shopping for the week. As I made my way through the aisles I couldn’t help but notice more people than usual doing the same. Some had filled their carts to capacity and even to the point of overflowing. One lady actually had to stop occasionally to pick up something that escaped from her cart. I had to make a second trip today because I’d forgotten something. I was astounded by the number of empty shelves – not only paper products and bottled water, but pain relievers, cold and allergy meds, cough drops and vitamins. Food products were also disappearing at a quick rate.
The only thing that panic hoarding will accomplish is shortages for those who really are in need of those things. The same is true with the stock market. People are buying and selling because of fear of losing their life savings and retirement incomes. I get it. Fear can do that to people.
I think back a few months ago and our nation was in the midst of impeachment hearings and a trial for the same. A nation divided in opinion and beliefs was causing families to battle within – to lose valuable friendships – to blast their opinions on social media and we saw an infighting within our government officials in a show of bipartisanship we haven’t witnessed in quite a while.
We have been victimized by fake news and like the boy who cried wolf, now a new predator knocking at the door we don’t seem to comprehend what’s true and false.
Whenever there’s an emergency of the magnitude we’re experiencing through the corona virus, we naturally panic. The fact that this is a worldwide epidemic concerns us even more. We can either chose to run away and hide or we can run into it, educate ourselves and pray. God has promised to be there with us in all situations.
Prayer is often used as a last resort, but maybe this is our wakeup call to get in touch with our Creator and ask for His intervention, His guidance, His wisdom, His peace and the comfort He gives through His Holy Word. Instead of letting fear get the best of us, we can turn to the only One who offers answers to our questions and fears.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27
Dear, God of comfort and peace,
Wrap your loving arms around us and shield us in the shelter of your wings. There is a reason for this and all things that we face each day. Keep us from going off the deep end with worry about impending doom. I know that you are in complete control of all things. You were there at the first Passover when the angel of death came to take the lives of the firstborn of each family. You are with us today as we face this worldwide pandemic.
We don’t understand what your purpose is for it, but we know that everything you do is for our good. Watch over my family – my youngest daughter and her family as they leave the country for a vacation they’ve planned on – for my oldest grandson who is currently living in S. Korea waiting to teach ESL to students who are unable to attend school because of quarantine – for my oldest daughter who has a weakened immune system. Protect all those who are fighting this disease – the medical personnel – the researchers looking for a cure – the organizations keeping us updated and informed – for those experiencing fear and panic through all this.
Give us the peace that you are in control of all things and that you have your eye on everything. We pray with confidence in your Son, Jesus’ name. Amen!