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Get Behind Me Covid-19 : What God Is Saying in the Midst of Fear

March has been going by in a whir and everyone’s emotions are resting on one extreme or the other. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone and the world has been in turmoil. It feels as though we are living in one of our history books as we have watched the world slow to a stop.

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Our kids were on already enjoying spring break when news came in that schools in Illinois were closing. We were grateful that we had just ordered a trunk full of groceries a day or two before the masses descended upon the toilet paper and canned goods aisles. I took inventory of our own paper products, more out of curiosity than anything, and found we had enough for a few days. Eight people can really take a toll on the roll if you know what I mean. {If I could insert the laughing emoji…this is where it would go!}

Toilet-Paper-Pocalypse?

I joked with our pastor that our timeline for toilet-paper-pocalypse was approximately 4 more days… until our oldest son mentioned there was a half package stashed in the hall closet. I’m not going to lie, I thought, “Thank you Jesus. That was kind of you to prepare for us when we didn’t know there was going to be a nationwide tp shortage,” and then I chuckled at the humor of it all.

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We felt it was greedy, even as a family of eight, to hoard toilet paper when others may have none. God has provided even the smallest things for us FAR too many times for us to falter in our faith now. We didn’t concern ourselves about the toilet paper and God provided TWICE. First with the M.I.A. rolls in the hall closet, and two days later when a stranger in town filled one of our church member’s arms with what she had at her house and said, “Take it to the family with six kids.”

Fear is a LIAR!

And we have not concerned ourselves with whether our kids would eat. God has provided for us there as well. Tuesday morning, Garrett got up and went to Wal-Mart at 5:15a.m. believing the shelves would have more on them. He bought these things: 20lbs of rice, 20lbs of dried beans, two packages of lunch meat ham, a few tiny bags of flour and sugar, milk and 8 individual portions of yogurt. There was no meat, no canned goods, and no toilet paper.

As he was loading the car 45 minutes later, a lady walked by him in the parking lot and said, “Did you even leave enough for the rest of us?!” People, we would buy 20lbs of rice on a normal day cause we eat a lot of rice. Garrett chose not to engage with her but it highlighted the panic that has taken over people’s hearts. Hey, in case no one has told you recently, fear…he is a liar.

What’s God have to say about it?

I’ve been on the fence about whether scrolling through facebook has helped or hurt. We have been able to follow closely the decisions made by our leaders, but have silently watched as widespread panic enveloped the people. One post I saw circulating mentioned Exodus 16 when Moses told the people that God had heard their cries and would provide food for them to eat.

“This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.’ ”The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed. Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them.”

Exodus 16:16-20

At the beginning of the chapter, God said he would test them to see if they would follow his instructions. What He wanted was for His people to take their eyes off the world and their problems and put their faith in Him. How can one say they trust in God’s provision and faithfulness if they are still under the impression God needs our help to do it? And we cannot forget what Jesus declared to us in Matthew 6.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:25-34

Do Not Be Afraid!

Brothers and sisters, be mindful of where you put your faith. Do not place your faith in your fellow sinner, in food, in the workplace, or your bank account. Your provision comes from God. He alone will determine and meet our needs. Have faith and be at peace for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

God bless you and keep you!

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