15 March 2020
Slow Down ~ Panic Buying
Greetings Dear Reader,
When we consider the spectrum of things that we need, I wonder sometimes if we have a misunderstanding of need. If the needs are genuine, we should find good ways to meet them. We should also realize that getting our needs met is never permission to neglect the genuine needs of others.
If we think we need toilet paper that is not a problem. No one needs all the toilet paper. Further, no one needs to explain why they need toilet paper. No one needs to justify meeting his or her genuine needs. The danger in panic buying is that it is a loud proclamation that we are not trusting the Father to meet our needs.
In truth, if we claim to follow Christ, there is never a time to panic. We may feel fear but fear is never supposed to be in charge. When we fear not having toilet paper, we are expressing our lack of belief that the Father will care for us. We are walking without faith.
As we slow down for a bit whilst the world shelters in place, perhaps we can adopt a different view. Perhaps we can inventory our needs honestly. We can consider others when we buy what we need. I wonder how many people buying toilet paper got some for a neighbor who might need it. I ponder if we really get that we are our brother’s keeper.
Perhaps a calm, slow, and loving accounting of what we need can lead us to better seeing where our faith falls during a pandemic. I would never promote not being cautious. I would also never deny you a hug. It is good to wash your hands. You do not need a 55-gallon drum of hand sanitizer. It is a good idea to wash your hands slowly. You do not need a song to do this if you are intent on the moment of handwashing.
If we truly wish to follow Christ, everything must be deliberately devoted to him. That means that we must slow down. We must not panic about anything. The Father has never gotten the weather wrong, missed the death of a sparrow, or not known what is coming next. Put the energy of panic into slow deliberate expressions of faith. As we travel Dear Reader, I am content to set a slower pace for us if you wish. Just let me know what you need. I know that I am going to slow down.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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