Join me for decaf Earl Grey and some crackers. Crackers have become my best friend this past week.
I suppose I should title this Sunday Evening Tea. I am still quite under the weather and I must admit, most of the day was again spent on the sofa or curled up in the Lazy Boy. However, considering a week ago I could not even walk by myself... no one is complaining in this house. :)
It is quite a strange feeling to be so physically unable to move around and watch what has been happening in our world this week. As I watched the business anchors on Fox Business News say over and over that we were viewing history in the making, part of me kept praying and the other part (the not so nice side that comes out when I'm very tired and feel helpless) wanted to cry out to them, "Ya think????".
I actually enjoyed watching the Fox Business News channel because these professionals were explaining the hows and whys of what was happening. Every other newscast on other stations included political finger pointing which frustrated me to the extent I've seriously thought of leaving the Midwest for a mountain in Colorado. Just like the Wilderness Family in three of my favorite movies. Although to do that I would need a really good dog like them. I doubt an elderly feline would save our bacon numerous times like that dog. Still... a cabin with no one around sounded good last week
So, what am I doing about all of this? Well, I'm praying a lot and watching the news less. I'll check in with Fox Business from time to time next week but otherwise I'll probably watch little news. For one thing, I am so tired of this election and all the finger pointing in Washington that watching any more of it doesn't give me much encouragement for the future. That cabin is looking really good.
Both my husband and I are reading David Wilkerson's book called God's Plan to Protect His People in the Coming Depression (which is filled with sound advice) and a few others that are faith building. We've been in our own personal Depression for awhile now. Our income we now receive each month does not cover anything for food and gasoline and we've been turned down for food stamps because our son earns money for his college expenses.
How do we sleep at night? Quite well once Christopher is home (I'm still working on that part of my faith over feelings!). We've been through the fire and found He is faithful. We've been through the floods and found He is faithful (literally... we lived in a Mississippi River town in Iowa during the great floods of 1993). We've walked a proverbial desert and found Him faithful.
Not that there haven't been hard times and take-your-breath-away trials but we have come through them with a strong faith forged through the fire. Every one of us is facing an uncertain future right now but those of us who trust Christ are in a safe place. It doesn't matter where we are financially. He takes care of us whatever the world's economy looks like. He doesn't promise us each a Lexis but He does say He provides our needs.
He who made this world and everything in it has us in the palm of His hand. I have seen the most amazing miracles from finding just what we need for pennies at Goodwill to money in the mail from those whom God has led to share with us. I even have food in the freezer and the pantry... when there is no food budget, anymore!
Like you, we will take life one day at a time and know He is in control even when the world is spinning out of control. We will appreciate family and friends and furry pals. We will do what we can, within our financial means, to make certain our homes wrap each one of us in a cocoon of warmth and coziness... a refuge to enter as the uncertain winds of uncertainty blow outside. We can spend our days doing constructive work... whether in an office, a factory, a kitchen, or involved in a needlework project to keep someone warm.
We will keep on hand good books and movies to enjoy and spend less time looking at the world through the eyes of the political media. Not burying our heads in the sand but then again... not watching the economic train wreck over and over until we cover our ears and run for the mountains. We can be the gatekeepers to our homes and keep within them a sense of beauty and peace and faith... whether they be one room... a mansion... or that Wilderness Family cabin in the mountains.
We will spend time talking to our closest Friend and reading His Word... perhaps spending more time on the words in red... taking comfort from the One who is the Alpha and the Omega and has promised to present us to the Father someday.
God chose us to live in this time and in this place so I'm assured He will give us everything we need to do that with which He wants us to accomplish. We will depend on each other. We will look the future in the eye unafraid because we know Who holds the future.