Are you searching for wisdom in our current world?
“Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise,
making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
~ Ephesians 5:15-17
Many of us have been caught unprepared for the events that have happened worldwide in 2020. Some of us will have found that we could not secure sufficient supplies of particular products, here in Australia, toilet paper, flour, milk, and pasta were put on restricted lists. This meant that you could only purchase one or two items at a time.
For us, that wasn’t a problem, but for larger families it became a major issue, causing stress. I know of one business that donated toilet paper to a family of five children who hadn’t been able to purchase any and had been out for three days.
I’m sure that those who panic-bought these products thought that they were being wise in making sure that they had sufficient supplies to get them through lockdown. They probably thought they were being like they five virgins. But their doing so meant that others were left in short supply, and that it wasn’t wise at all. There is a very fine line between wisdom and foolishness when it comes to buying in preparation.
The five wise virgins, in Matthew 25, had enough, but no more, than was needed, otherwise they would have had spare oil to share.
When it comes to living well during such times, we can ask God what things He can give us to do. We need to look around and find things to do that will enable us to live well. Hobbies, such as gardening, craft, cooking, and for many in this group, writing, is just a small list of what could be used to, not only help us live well, but also be used by God to spread His message to the rest of the world.