Posted by: cindybythesea | March 7, 2020

Days of Peace and Plenty

Wal Mart near Olympia, WA 3/5/20

My son-in-law took this photo near his home in Olympia, Washington yesterday. As you can see the shelves are pretty well picked over. They did have bread and milk though which surprised me…but then again it makes sense that it would be non perishables that people would stock up on first. How long things like milk and bread will continue to be available is anyone’s guess and probably should not be counted on as I’m sure most people know. Or will soon find out.

I’ve been home from my trip to California for almost two weeks now. Thankfully, it was a good trip and we had wonderful time with our daughter and her family. I only observed two people wearing masks while we were away. And since I’ve been home only one. So, by and large life seems to be going on as usual at least in my neck of the woods and if it were not for the news and reports from my daughter in Washington it would be hard to believe that the world is in such a precarious situation.

So far here in NM there have been no reported cases with no shortages in any stores as far as I can tell. My other daughter which lives in Texas reports the same thing. My friends in Hawaii though are busy scrambling for toilet paper and other essentials (which could truly be a problem when living on an island) while officials continue to down play any effect the virus might be having. No testing, no cases …problem solved.

So how are things where you are? If you’re like me you may have trouble grasping the seriousness of the situation. My tulips are coming up and the field next door is being plowed in preparation for spring and life goes on as it always has. I dont know about you but I simply have no time for viruses and other increasingly ugly things that seem to pop up almost daily like so many noxious and unwanted weeds. I have my garden to tend to and grand babies to rock. I simply have no time for all the garbage and mostly just want it all to disappear.

I’m pondering this as I write. How difficult it is to let go. To live in uncertainty. It is so human to want control. To know my family is safe, to know I have groceries in the cupboard, to know that the sun will come up again tomorrow and that life will be good. The ramblings of one who has lived 65 years in a land of peace and plenty. Yet, I’m no fool. We have gambled away incredible blessings and the once firm ground on which we stood has now eroded to the point of collapsing and we have no one to blame but ourselves. Virus or no virus, the course we are on is not sustainable and the abundance we once enjoyed along with so many carefree days and hours are almost certainly drawing to an end. We have sown the wind and all that’s left now is to reap it.

Lord, you have blessed us with so much. Please forgive us for squandering those blessings. We are a selfish and ungrateful people not worthy of your love and yet you love us anyway. Help us Lord when we are weak, strengthen our faith when we falter, lead us when we cannot see the next step ahead. And refine us Lord where needed in order that we might be a pleasing and fit bride for your Son.

And as always,

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with you for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy


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