Monday, March 23, 2020

Rapid Pulses and Panic in the Aisles

By now, you have probably heard of the dreaded coronavirus. Oh, no! Not another post about that virus. Should you keep reading? Yes. This message is not only about that awful virus. This particular message is to remind the reader of the importance of slowing down, pausing and remembering to go to God in prayer during stressful times and also, during times of no stress. Well… are there times of no stress?

I recently attended the North Carolina Christian Writers Conference in Liberty, North Carolina. This was my second time attending this fantastic conference. The news of the virus was just beginning to spread and precautions to take during the conference were discussed.

Each conference attendee had been prayed for ahead of time and during the conference. Chats at the hotels and at the venue kept going back to the virus and the wonder of what might happen.

I am thankful the staff and the folks at the church where the event was held took great care in making sure everyone was comfortable. We did not dwell on the situation. Our prayers included those affected and those who would be affected by the virus in the coming days.

My husband and I returned home from the conference on Saturday evening. A few items were needed from the store. Regular stock up things like milk and bread. As we entered the grocery store, we noticed signs alerting customers of “Limit - two hand sanitizers per family” and “Limit - two packs of toilet paper” and “Limit - two packs of water”.

Lines at the checkout counter were long. Carts were filled to the brim. A rumble of conversation filled the air. The same words could be heard. “When will you all get more toilet paper in stock? When will you have more water? Do you have more hand sanitizer?” The questions were repeated over and over. The grocery store clerks looked exhausted as they tried to keep a smile while answering the same questions over and over.

We gathered our items, stood in the checkout line and waited for our turn to purchase items.
Standing in the line gave me a chance to view my surroundings. Wow! The things I saw.

From the fast walking people to the lack of grocery carts available, there was an air of rapid pulse and panic in the aisles. Men, women and children rushed from aisle to aisle, throwing things in the carts. I am thankful to have noticed several people moving at a regular pace and not rushing through the store in a panic.

I will never know the story behind each person in the store that day. Maybe some folks were shopping for others, maybe fear had set in and purchasing items “just in case” was the way they felt comfort. Each person has a unique story.

I do know one thing for sure. God loves us. He is with us in every situation. I, along with many other people, are praying for this virus to leave and never return. Prayers for healing for all who are sick and/or will become sick.

God loves us. He is with us in every situation. I, along with many other people, are praying for this virus to leave and never return. @mimionlife #seriouslywrite

Each moment gives us opportunity to show God’s love to others. So, instead of having a rapid pulse from shopping and being filled with panic in the aisles, here is my suggestion:

Go to God first thing every morning. Ask Him to guide your steps in each moment. God never promised bad things would not happen. God does promise He will love us forever.

Be comforted knowing God loves you.

Blessings,
Melissa Henderson


Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. She contributes articles and devotions to various magazines and websites. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-love and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”.
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20 comments:

  1. Thank you for the reminder to go to God first in the morning! How often I'm tempted to check my phone first, especially when anxiety awakens me in the middle of the night.

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    1. I have reached for my phone first thing, too. When I open my eyes, seek conversation with God first, I am comforted. :-)

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  2. Great message here, Melissa! These are scary times, but aren't they all! Going to God is truly the only thing we can ever do. He will care for us. He loves us!

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    1. Yes, amen, Jessica. Going to God is the best thing to do. He loves us and is holding us in His loving arms.

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  3. Thank you for these timely reminders, Melissa. Love these closing thoughts: "Go to God first thing every morning. Ask Him to guide your steps in each moment. God never promised bad things would not happen. God does promise He will love us forever.

    Be comforted knowing God loves you."

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    1. Thank you Karen. What a comfort to go to Him and know He is listening. :-)

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  4. Thank you for these reminders, Melissa.

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    1. You are welcome Ava. Thank you for reading and commenting. :-)

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  5. God is certainly using all of this for His good! This is forceful slowing down. I pray people are heeding and listening and the hysteria is behind us. Any yes! May we use every opportunity to show God's love!

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    1. Amen. Let's use every opportunity to show God's love. :-)

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  6. I saw your picture from the conference. That's a great group of people to encourage you. Hope your time at home is blessed too!

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    1. Nancy, I am thankful for writers, like you ,who encourage and inspire others. :-)

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  7. We definitely need to rely on God during these times. He can keep us safer than any hand sanitizer.

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    1. Amen. God is the one to always rely on and go to first. :-)

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  8. Yes, this is an amazing time to share the love of God and the reason for the hope that we have in Christ!

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    1. Yes, this is our opportunity to show God's love and hope to everyone. :-)

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  9. It is very important to remember to show and share God’s love in everything we do including not hoarding. Wonderful blog, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Yvonne. Yes, remembering to show God's love in every word and action is vital. :-)

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  10. I think you make a good point about looking vertically towards God rather than horizontally at the fear and anxiety that is pulsing all around us. When we look towards God we find peace and hope, rather than become infected with the uncertainty, worry that is going on all around us.

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    1. Thank you Anne. God provides peace and hope. I pray we all look to Him. :-)

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