Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles. Philippians 4:14 (NIV).
I went to the store again last night and it just made me mad. This is the United States of America. We raise more food, produce more goods, perform more services than any other nation on the planet. Yet today, shelves are empty because of hoarders, because of people panicking, because of selfishness, because of stupidity. I know: they’re worried too. It shows. But for everyone who needs a can of baby formula and can’t find one because a swarm of greedy locusts descended and bought 10 each, I’m left wanting to scream, ‘shame on you.’
But God bless you, too. You’re scared; I get it. We all do; I suppose we are all a little spooked. Like others are saying, we’re in this together.
So, yes, it made me mad to see the shelves picked clean. This happens in other places, but it rarely happens here. It’s senseless and doesn’t have to occur. Quarantines I can understand, but hoarding simply makes me see red. Yet that’s where the anger has to stop. Getting mad about it vents off the emotion, but then it does little good. It’s not what Jesus would do. Besides, there’s still plenty of stuff there, if you just look. There is more on the way. There will be more food, and when the crisis has passed, there will be plenty again. Even more important, in the midst of this, there are still many, many more people who are caring and sharing through the early stages of this shortage-inducing outbreak.
For those people, God bless you, too. Maybe even more.
God bless the families who want to share. God bless the people who help you when your car breaks down; who pray for you when you lose your spouse; who speak out for you when other people are talking you down; who do what Jesus might do..
Because He’s God. Because He blesses people even with His righteous judgements. Because He blesses even the scared hoarders.
Perhaps the hoarders are hoarding because others around them will need those supplies. Perhaps they need the food now for some family member we know nothing about. Perhaps, instead of getting angry about what others are doing, we can be courageous and simply wish them well. No matter what someone else is doing, Christ is sharing in our misfortunes. God is still providing what we need. These things are merely temporary setbacks. Jesus is forever.
In the past, the Lord told our forefathers to be strong and courageous because He would be with us wherever we go. That includes going into Wal-Mart and Kroger and facing the shelves that other people emptied in haste. I probably didn’t need those things anyway. I’ll simply check again tomorrow and be thankful for whatever I find. It’ll be because of Him.
For further reading: Joshua 1:9, Philippians 4:15.
Lord, thank You for always providing.