I went to my local supermarket at lunchtime the other day to buy a book of postage stamps and discovered the Store packed with desperate-looking people who were stripping the shelves bare. It’s a good thing I was able to buy the stamps at the front desk or I would have had to wait in line for more than half an hour. When I went to the bank after work that same day, it was unusually crowded for a Wednesday. The reason there were so many people in the grocery store and bank was because the weatherman was saying some snow was on the way. Welcome to the wide world of wimps.
People were so afraid that they were going to run out of Food and/or cash while snowed in that they shifted into panic mode. They remind me of those silly survivalists who store stuff away in a cave or something, waiting for some kind of cataclysmic event to occur; or the Y2K-phobics who squirrelled away food and other supplies for fear that the bottom was going to fall out of everything when the calendar flipped over to the year 2000. Why do people constantly ignore Jesus’ admonition against this kind of preparedness? In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV)
Now Jesus wasn’t saying you shouldn’t prepare or plan ahead. That’s what prudent, God-fearing people do. But He was saying you shouldn’t panic at the prospect of bad weather or some other event over which you have no control. You should trust Him to take care of you through whatever it is. He is in control of all of life’s storms. He doesn’t want you to be a wimp. He doesn’t want you to be like the cynical non-believers who feel that life is a zero-sum game. Yet so many people, even Christians, panic like hopeless heathens every time there’s even a hint that snow is on the way. I refuse to be that wimpy. I don’t make special trips to the store just because snow is coming. If I run out of food, then I just have to go on a freaking diet for a few days. Maybe that’s God’s will for me.