“These are dark times, there is no denying. Our world has perhaps faced no greater threat than it does today. But I say this to our citizenry: We, ever your servants, will continue to defend your liberty and repel the forces that seek to take it from you! Your Ministry remains, strong.” – Rufus Scrimgeour/Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
This past week has been rather surreal for me. It’s almost as if I have been watching an end of the world movie unfold before my eyes. Whether you believe in what’s going on or not, panic has set in, and when there is panic there is often fear. It reminded me of the quote above, and while it’s not quite “dark times” , it kind of feels that way.
My husband and I went out shopping a few days ago to find empty shelves at most of our local stores. Paper products and cleaning supplies was not to be had, followed by food. When you live in a large county that is made up of almost 5.5 million people, that can be quite scary. Peoples faces showed a mix of disbelief and anxiety as they strolled up and down isles viewing nothing but empty shelves. It was scary and even quite stressful. My husband and I prepared as we both saw this coming many weeks earlier and knew what would happen, knew that panic would set in and that fear would take hold.
For me personally it has drawn me closer to God and my belief that he will always watch over us, guide us and protect us. It has also made me a better wife. I am doing what my husband has asked me to do and what he feels is right, and I am listening to him ( after 25 years of marriage I am not going against what he thinks we need to do for our family).
This weekend I made bread, which is something I haven’t done in ages. It was soothing and the house smelled so good! I also got my copy of 52 Weeks of Socks delivered and I can’t wait to start knitting the gorgeous collection inside. I have also started reading again and picked up quite a few books over the past few weeks. I am starting the Shell Seekers today, which is an all time favorite that I love to re-read now and then.
I know for many this time we are in at this very moment is scary but please take comfort that God is with us, and will always be with us. Don’t let the stress get to you and remember to do things that calm you and center you.
Deuteronomy 31:6 …. “ Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”