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The Domino Effect

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According to the trusted source of Wikipedia a domino effect is defined as, ” A domino effect or chain reaction is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events. The term is best known as a mechanical effect and is used as an analogy to a falling row of dominoes.”

Honestly, I can’t think of a better term or analogy to use to describe what is going on in the world today.

Like most Americans, I brushed off #COVID-19 at first, thinking it was just the flu and not really sure why people were freaking out (and taking all the toilet paper?!).

However, as the world seems to be slowing down and places like schools and restaurants close and sporting events and other commonly help traditions are cancelled, it all seems so surreal.

When I wake up each day it is, for the most part a normal day. I have two young kiddos to take care of, and as a stay at home mom I’m no stranger to having to entertain my toddler at home (or not leaving the house for a few days for that matter).

While there are many others in my same shoes, there are so many more others that are not. The closing of schools and business has left them feeling the effects of this shutdown and standstill and while one decision seems to be in favor of stopping the spread of the virus, it does not come without consequences.

With the closing of schools it requires parents that work full time to either find alternative care for their kids or to be at home with them.

For some in the service industry “working from home” isn’t even possible.

I have friends in both camps, and still others who work to provide customer service, so without customers there to offer their services they don’t get paid. If they they don’t get paid then they run the risk of not being able to pay rent or their bills on time.

An office that contracts out a service that cancels that service because they limit the amount of people in the office (subsequently needing to budget their expenses) doesn’t just affect their small team, but the people that relied on their business each month in order to live.

Thus the domino effect. The very effect of the Coronovirus.

I don’t have any answers, other than it is so important for us to be aware of these things as well move into this ever evolving #pandemic2020. For those that are experiencing this “domino effect” I wish to provide you comfort and hope during this time of uncertainty.

God hears you and He sees you and there is nothing that is transpiring today that He is not aware of or that He has not accounted for.

I think back to the Israelites in Egypt when they really really REALLY wanted to take more manna than what they needed. God was clear that they were to take just enough for that day and no more.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 16 This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer[a] for each person you have in your tent.’”

17 The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. 18 And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed.

19 Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” Exodus 16:15-19 NIV

Did everyone listen to what Moses commanded? No, they did not, and as a result their manna did not keep until the next day.

20 However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. 

For the ones that did listen and only took what they needed, my question is how did everyone know what they needed, they measured the amounts by “little and much” and in both cases that just enough, so how is this possible?

While we need food to survive and money to be able to live, we may also find comfort in remembering who the true supplier of these things is.

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 NIV

God meets our needs. He meets our immediate needs, and even our needs that we don’t even realize we have. Knowing how much we need is a matter of our perspective. Perspective is something that the apostle Paul was no stranger to.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12 NIV

Our contentment in situations such as COVID-19 is directly related to our ability to let go of our “control”.

“Control” because it is only our perceived control, as we know who ultimately has the control. (and if you’re anything like me, who needs to reminder herself daily of this truth.)

I am aware that on one hand, the need to be financially stable is one that greatly fuels our desire to control our lives, especially in terms of the practical needs of money.

On the other hand, I have heard so many stories of people who look to God to provide for a physical need and God does just that, while not in the way we expect or in the time frame we expect, but always in His way and in His time.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”Hebrew 13:5 NIV 

God is with us, even now as we are forced to stay home and practice #socialdistancing.

He is faithful to provide and keep His promises. He will make a way.

As for the food we eat, need to eat or prepare to eat:
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well Matthew 6:31-33 NIV

(so many more scriptures come to mind to support these, but I’ll refrain from posting them at the moment).

I know you’re probably wondering how this is going to help you plan or prepare for what is to come.

We have no idea how long this is going to last, but God does.

We have no idea what is going to happen, but God does.

I just want to encourage you to lean on God during this time to not only provide your physical needs, but to also provide for your emotional needs and spiritual needs.

Take comfort and have faith that God will in fact supply ALL of your needs and give you exactly what is needed for each day. I can’t think of a better prayer to be praying each day than the Lords prayer. 

Please join me in reciting the Lords prayer:

“‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.[b]’ Matthew 6:9-13 NIV.

What are some scriptures that are giving you comfort and peace during this time? I would love to know, please comment below to share which of God’s truth’s is currently ministering to you.

 

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