March 18, 2020

Yesterday, my daughter, Lindsey, and a member of the church, Ruth, made my day by sending the same message. I hope it makes your day too.

“If you bought 30 rolls of toilet paper, you owe 3 to the church. Tithing is not cancelled.”

This got me thinking.

What’s the big deal with everybody going nuts over hoarding toilet paper because of the Coronavirus?

This reminds me of the message a friend sent: “Thank goodness the Coronavirus does not cause diarrhea. Then there would be a run on nasal spray.”

None of this makes sense.

I believe the real issue is that many of us have a fear of not being in control. We become irrational and buy all the toilet paper in North America, stock up with three years’ worth of canned goods, or buy enough bottled water to fill Lake Michigan.

The real problem is that most of us have been living with the delusion that we are in control. That has never been the case.

The Coronavirus, drunk drivers, cancer, stock market dives, the weather, migraine headaches, teenagers, traffic lights, flat tires, mental illness, people who eat liver and onions, family, insomnia, Enron, construction on I35, and schools closing are just a few of the curveballs that life throws our way. We are not in control.

So, if you are like me and worried about not being in control, remember, there is someone who is. The One who can handle any problem or dilemma. All God asks is that you put your hand in His and let him lead you through eternity.

God says, “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:1b-2a)

We aren’t in control, but God is. Thank God!

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, in a world of uncertainty and continual change, help me to put my trust and hope in you. Ease my fears and let me live a life that glorifies you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

When we struggle because we are not in control and feel absolutely helpless, God says, “Don’t worry. I’ve got this.” That’s all we need to know.

Also, for those of you who were worried about Melissa’s family, yesterday, she walked into my office and announced that she had found toilet paper at HEB. That’s proves God is good.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins