Feeling panicked?

Recently, I had a conversation with a friend of mine who shared that due to the pandemic, he believes the country will enter a period of shortage, especially where food supply is concerned.

He is not alone in his thinking. In fact, for several months now quite a few people have been sharing that there is a food shortage happening now and will happen in the future.

When we look around, we have seen where the pandemic has caused all sorts of shortage; from various household paper products such as toilet paper and paper towels, to food supplies such as flour and chicken. There has been a tremendous domino effect all round that has left our country running low on various supplies in nearly all markets.

I am from a fairly large family. For as far back as I can recall, our habit has always been to buy our grocery and household items in bulk. This has resulted in us being members of various wholesale stores. Instead of buying 5lbs of rice like the average person, we are the ones buying anywhere between 25-50lbs of rice in one setting. Our monthly grocery haul might include getting a keg of oil, a case of toilet paper (the ones with 48 rolls) and/or even a case of paper towel etc.

As I listened to my friend, my mind found itself into planning mode. “How quickly can I finish cooking dinner to head to the store? Which store would have what I needed? Maybe if I went to the Indian store for one item I can swing by another store close by and get the other item?” Thoughts like these swirled in my mind as I both listened to the conversation and cooked dinner.

Unfortunately, I did not finish cooking dinner in time to get to the store before closing. To say I felt disappointed was an understatement.

For some reason later that evening, I found myself in the pantry. Lo and behold was a keg of oil – unopened. Interestingly enough, about a few weeks prior I had gone to the store and purchased it.

I completely forgot about that purchase.

Right then and there Holy Spirit began dealing with my heart. He showed me that I had entered a zone of panic and fear.

“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7‬ ‭RV1885‬‬

Lessons gleaned from this panic experience

  • Panic invites fear and anxiety into my decision making process. Instead of responding from a posture of faith, I respond from one of anxiety and fear. According to an article by Psychology Today, “Anxiety disengages neurons in the prefrontal cortex linked to decision-making.
  • Acting from a place of panic does not show my trust in the Lord. It shows that I do not seek Him first, and neither do I depend on His wisdom and leading. Proverbs 4:7 admonishes to get wisdom and in all our getting, to get understanding too.
  • When I’m operating in panic, I tend to be forgetful. Forgetful of the blessings I have, and the ones I’ve had. In the above case, I forgot about the oil in my pantry and was willing to spend unnecessarily to get what I did not need. Panic also caused me to forget about the past blessings of the Lord – have I ever gone to bed hungry?
  • Panic causes rash decisions to be made and unnecessary actions to be taken. Why? Because I have trusted and leaned to my OWN understanding. Not His. Proverbs 3:5 states that we should acknowledge Him in all our ways.
  • Panic robs me of His peace. Unless my mind is stayed on the Lord, I cannot expect me to walk in His peace. Isaiah 26:3 reminds us that unless our mind is stayed upon the Lord AND unless we trust in Him, we cannot be kept in perfect peace.

Are you feeling panicked about an issue today? Do you find yourself walking in anxiety and even fear? Do you feel robbed of His peace?

Turn to Jesus. Surrender your cares. Trust in His timing. Remember His attributes. Recall His many blessings of time gone by.

Our Lord is faithful and will perfect every part of our lives.

#thoughtfulthursday

57 thoughts on “Feeling panicked?

    1. Thank you, David.
      I’m with you there on both counts. Bless the Lord that scripture is filled with so many warnings regarding how we should govern our lives, and prescriptions to how we can handle the hiccups.
      Blessings to you always.

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  1. Excellent reminder to not allow fear to control how we respond and act. But instead consciously lay it at God’s feet and ask Him to help us. It is so true that when we operate from a place of fear we magnify the problem and tend to turn a blind eye to all the blessings and provision He has already and is continuing to provide for us.
    Blessings dear Dee 😊🤗

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    1. 🤗🤗
      That word – consciously – oh how often I’ve neglected to follow through, Manu. And the next step – asking for help. I’ve done one or the other or many times, none. Lord, help me 🙏🏽

      I love what you said about how fear magnifies the problem. That is sooooo true. Fear causes us to focus in on the problem – solo – and forget we have a problem solver. Forgive us Lord. 🙏🏽

      Thank you for such insightful comments, Manu. Love to you ❤️

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  2. Thanks for laying out these points. We have to keep focusing on the Lord and hold on to His promise to provide our needs. He always takes good care of us. ❤️

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  3. Oh praise God, Deandra for your heart and for sharing when it fails in panic. Yes, pandemic of fear is out there, whether it is about pour health, our safety, our food source. Thank you for this precious reminder to trust in Him. #fixoureyes Have a beauty-full day. Love in Christ, Julie

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    1. Reading your response made me smile, my sister who also walks in transparency and vulnerability. There is such a kindred love with you.

      May we never shift our eyes or our focus. Jesus is the only One who can bring us through – whatever. Hallelujah!

      Love you, Julie!

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  4. I’m one of those who generally goes to the store when I run out of something. Needless to say, I have been caught unaware a few times. If it weren’t for my sister, who does buy ahead, I would not have any hand sanitizer, or as my kids at school call it, “Han-a-tizer”!😂 Early on, when people were cleaning off the shelves, I felt a twinge of panic. It didn’t last because I know my God will supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory. All needs, including “Han-a tizer”! Your blog reminds me to continue looking to my God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills!

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    1. Hallllllellluujhjaaaaahh!! For the “Han-a-tizer” and everything in between that our Daddy supplies.

      To the hills (with an s) we always look. Thank you for reminding us of this today. It is not a thousand cattle on a hill, it is a cattle on a thousand hills. Our God has got this! 🙌🏽💃🏾

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  5. Thanks for the reminder. Not being anxious should probably be tattooed on our arms, because we forgot as the seasons change. I see how that minor conversation of food shortage can lead us down the rabbit hole of trying to plan our survival. But, I’m glad your cooking get in the way. Sometimes I get like that with my health- once I get a thought of how something minor can turn into something life threatening… I see how I am so distracted that I start focus on booking doctors appointments and Google every symptom. Only to be told by the doctor, you’re too young for that disease. We all have our thing that we don’t surrender. I don’t know why. Thanks for the reminder on not being anxious. I appreciated it.

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    1. Hello my beautiful cousin, thank you for sharing your vulnerability with us. You’re so right, we seem to forget as the seasons change (and even more frequently too 😉). One of my prayers has been, “Lord, remind me to remember.”

      My (other) prayer is that each day we learn to surrender. To let go. To trust Abba. To walk in faith. To not become like Alice in wonderland and go down every rabbit trail presented. May we keep on the straight and narrow path our Lord has laid out for us.
      Love you 💐❤️

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  6. Great lesson!! I remember towards the beginning of the pandemic when I felt deep fear, it lasted for about five minutes but I went straight to the Lord with prayer over it, praying that my family or friends wouldn’t be touched by the virus and that it would leave quickly all around the world… God quickly answered my prayer to fear and helped ease my anxious thoughts and I haven’t felt that since but I have remained in prayer over our world’s situation since then because I know there are so many others living in fear that don’t know of Jesus and can’t turn to him for peace, healing and comfort.

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    1. Oh that was such a bold and wonderful posture your heart took, Ali. That’s the best posture – ever!! It saves us so much anxiety and stress and frustration. Thank you for standing in the gap for us all too 🤗❤️

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  7. Yes, unfortunately it’s so easy to substitute panic for prayer and patience. I especially love your last words: Turn to Jesus. Surrender your cares. Trust in His timing. Remember His attributes. Recall His many blessings of time gone by.

    I need to post these words where I can see them. ☺ Thanks for passing on this comforting reminder to trust and believe. ❤

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    1. Amen!
      Me too, Lord 🙏🏽
      I love how you describe the effect of panicking – we end up oblivious to His blessings – sigh. Lord, open our eyes and help us to see.

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  8. I agree with you, Deandra. Panick causes a lot of unneccessary spending. I remembered after the hurricane in 2017, I panicked and spend my last income buying food because of fear that there will be shortage. The supermarket owners also encouraged the panick because they wanted us to empty the shelves knowing that they had trailer loads of food at the dock. During t
    this pandemic, the Lord kept reminding of this and it helps me to remain calm. I don’t believe there will be a shortage of basic food stuff. Great post.

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    1. Oh Beverly, thank you for sharing your first hand experience with us. I’m so thankful I’m not the only one who sees the unnecessary spending that panic can cause. I’m even more thankful that the Lord uses previous experiences to remind us to not walk in fear and to embrace His peace. Thank you for leaving your heart print today ❤️

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  9. I was introduced to this blog a few weeks back but I didn’t get the chance to read it until today. Wow! Perfect timing! I have been feeling a little anxious lately and was reminded that I had this page open and should take a look. Thank you, Deandra. I needed this at this time and in this season 🙏🏾

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    1. Hi Kerry,
      I’m so delighted that you were able to receive encouragement today from the blog. The Lord has a way of walking us through different seasons so that we can gain lessons to share with others. May His peace wash over you, may His joy fill your heart and may He cause His face to continually shine upon you.
      Blessings always 🙏🏽

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