Luke 12:13-21 New International Version
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
The children of God face many difficult situations in these uncertain times. That is how I feel right now, very much like a child. I know I have often written about matters of control, but, it is in these scary times that we want to feel like we are in control of something! If the world is going to become a dangerous place, then people are going to keep danger at bay by creating their own fortress. They are driven by the uneasiness to gain some measure of control, even if comes in the form of toilet paper. Come what may, people want to feel like they are in control.
If ever there was a time to prove to us that we are not in control, I can’t recall it. This is the physical, material world and stuff happens. It usually doesn’t happen to 148 countries all at once. It usually doesn’t affect virtually every aspect of modern life. This is a new reality for us and we don’t like it all. Tough. All the stockpiling in the world cannot insulate you from this reality.
I cannot tell you what to do in the face of this earthly crisis, but I can tell you what I am doing. I am doing what the scientists say is important. I am doing what the government tells us to do. I am trying to be sensible. More important than all of this, I am praising God. I am praying prayers of thanksgiving. I have such a deep sense of gratitude that God is God and will ever be. I am rejoicing that I am loved and redeemed and asking for extra strength to reflect that love in everything I do, now more than ever, even if it is six feet away. Now that is something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki