We’re living in a really weird time together.
In the early weeks of COVID-19 when rumors were spreading about strict shelter-in-place resolutions that were going to go into effect and stores were closing nationwide, we panic-bought. Just like everyone else.
And I don’t think anyone would blame us for that.
Like I said, these are really weird times. Even now none of us quite know what to expect.
We took what small amount we had in our savings and bought as much food as we could.
After all, stores were closing, and a zombie apocalypse was sure to happen.
We stocked both our fridge and our freezer full, and we stepped back and looked at everything. In our six years of marriage, we had never owned this much food at once.
I spent hours making inventory lists, checking dates, food-prepping, smoothie-prepping, and baby food-prepping to make sure I was fully prepared to care for my family. After all, I am Mom.
But then a few days later, our fridge died, and we lost everything.
To have our freshly-stocked fridge all of a sudden die on us was incredibly stressful. I felt like a failure, as if it was my own fault, like I wouldn’t be able to feed my child. I felt helpless. We not only lost our fridge, our food, our time and our money – we also lost our peace.
My brain started short-circuiting. But I just stocked up. I don’t have any more money. My child needs to eat. I can go without food to make sure she eats. My fridge is only two-years old. Why did this happen now?
While I was spiraling out of control mentally, I was reminded of a Scripture in the Gospels where Yeshua quoted a verse from Deuteronomy:
But He replied, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:4 TLV
That’s what stopped me from going into self-destruct mode. I was reminded that it is God’s Word that sustains me. He is my Source; food is my resource."It is God's Word that sustains me." Click To Tweet
Instead of seeking God’s voice and putting my trust in Him, I was panic-buying as if food alone was going to save us during this pandemic. I was listening to the words coming from the mouths of Fox News reporters instead of those coming from the mouth of God concerning this season.
Wow! Those two voices are vastly different.
So often we put our hope in material things, even necessities like food and soap, and we forget that it’s God alone who sustains us physically, emotionally, and spiritually in every season.
Proverbs says, “Better is dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting and strife.” Where do you center your focus for peace in the midst of a storm? Look to the Father of Lights! He is always guiding you home."Where do you center your focus for peace in the midst of a storm? Look to the Father of Lights! He is always guiding you home." Click To Tweet
Prayer: ADONAI-Yireh, it is You alone who provides. I pray that You not only provide my entire household with every necessity that it needs during this season, but I also pray for Your perfect peace that surpasses all understanding to overflow my mind, body and spirit as well as every member of my family. I pray that I will learn how to put my hope and trust in You every day. You alone are my source; everything else is my resource. And even when unexpected things happen, I believe that You have a plan, a future, and a hope for me. You are my Provider, my Protector, my Healer, and my Strength. You carry me through every step of the way. Thank You for Your everlasting love toward me. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen.
Reflection: Where do I look for peace? Am I putting my faith and trust in something other than God and His son, Jesus? To whose voice am I listening? When something goes wrong, is prayer my first response?
P.S. We miraculously found a repair man who was willing to come out and look at our fridge. Within a week, it was fixed and back up and running! Halleluyah! What a wild time to be alive, friends. •
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Brittni Greenberg is a Jewish believer, a wife and mother, a lifestyle blogger, a marketing mastermind and a little bit of a tree-loving Hippie. Connect with her on Instagram at @BrittniGreenberg!