598,000 and counting

Yesterday, Mark brought home a bundle of groceries. I was delighted to see that he’d gotten some awesome deals at some of the cheapest prices I’ve seen in a long time. That’s good for us, but signals the dire state of our economy.

I read in the news today that to date, 598,000 jobs have been cut as a result of the tragic economic slump in the US. That’s a lot of jobs. That’s a lot of families struggling to put food on the table. That’s a lot of worried parents.

It made me wonder just what Papa God is up to.

Jesus tells us, ” Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Mt 6:26)

Those are beautiful words to listen to while sitting in a pew on Sunday morning, but they’re much more difficult to take to heart. I don’t know how many of us would think of our feathered friends while being handed a pink slip.

Yet, that’s exactly what we’re called to do. Is it easy? Of course not! Will we waver back and forth between faith and fretting? Probably. That’s when we have to revisit Scripture, especially the passages about the Israelites in the Israelites in the desert. HOW many times did God save them? Parting seas…manna from heaven…flocks of quail… Just read the Book of Exodus and you’ll see.

If we study the history of the Israelites, we’ll see how God saved his People from peril. Well, we are God’s People, too. Shouldn’t we expect him to save us from peril?

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