Carol Round on Unexpected Change: Will We Ever Be the Same?

“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed”—Malachi 3:6 (NIV).

Unexpected change in the form of a pandemic has the world reeling. Constant news updates, newspapers filled with information, and social media posts leading to panic buying and hoarding are the new normal.

Most of us don’t deal with change easily. We’re used to staying in our comfort zones and believing we’re in control. We’re not. God is.

Those who haven’t trusted God for His protection and provision may find themselves even more uncertain during this rapid change. Trusting God’s Holy Word brings peace to those who take the time to read and meditate on Scripture. Matthew 6:31-32 tells us, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs” (NLT).

Knowing All of Our Needs

 I confess to purchasing more than I usually would since the panic began.  Although I limited myself when purchasing toilet paper, my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer are overflowing. Avoiding crowds is necessary because I have asthma. Others have similar health issues keeping them out of public places.

Yes, I trust my Heavenly Father to provide for my needs. He has. I’m blessed to have the money to stock up. Others are not so fortunate.

Have we let our belief that we are living in one of the richest nations in the world blind us to the fact we are not invincible? Empty supermarket shelves and fights over, of all things, toilet paper, should be a wake-up call.

Forever Changed by a Wake-up Call

An author friend, Ace Andrew Collins posted this on his Facebook page. “We mighty Americans, filled with so much ego and pride, have found ourselves held hostage by something we can’t see. And it’s more than just frightening, it is also deeply humbling.

“In an instant we have moved from trying to figure out what SUV to buy or where we’ll go on our next grand vacation to fighting each other for toilet paper. Today that pretty much defines the fragility of life and security in the richest nation on the planet. Yes, most of us will survive and move forward, but I believe that we will be forever changed. I hope that means we will more readily recognize and embrace the blessings we have and look for ways to share them with others, but I fear we will drift into isolation and fear.”

While we’ve been asked to self-isolate during this crisis, I pray my friend is wrong—at least about the last part of his statement.  I’ve seen people helping others during this uncertain time. Medical and emergency personnel come to mind. They’ve stepped forward, endangering their own health to do what is right for the greater good.

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SOURCE: Assist News