Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

by Yvonne Chase on March 23, 2020

Guess what? I found toilet paper. It was a Wednesday afternoon on a random stop into Walgreens to pick up something else when I turned my head and boom there it was; a shelf with individual Big Rolls of toilet paper. My favorite kind. And it was on sale; 10 rolls for $5. I immediately dashed down the aisle and grabbed four rolls out of about twelve altogether.

As I walked through the store to find what I came for, I stopped to ask the salesclerk who immediately noticed I only had four rolls of toilet paper. Here’s how our conversation went:

Me: Hi there, how are you? Would you help me find X, please? I’ve walked up and down the aisles and I can’t find it.

Her: Sure. Come this way. By the way, do you know the toilet paper is on sale 10/$5?

Me: Yes I do. Thanks.

Her: You only have four rolls. Get ten so that you can get the sale.

Me: If I take ten, there won’t be any left for someone else. It’s okay. I can always buy more when I need it.

Her: Forget them. You gotta look out for yourself!

And that my friend is what’s not right with us as a people overall, looking out for self. Here’s what God revealed to me about that moment; I went into Walgreens not even thinking about toilet paper, yet it was right there waiting for me. A subtle reminder that God always provides, therefore, there’s no need to hoard. Some people have yet to receive that memo.

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When I was in Whole Foods the other day, a couple shopped with their two kids. Mom and dad’s cart was filled to the brim with everything you could imagine, and the kids had their own cart filled to the brim and overflowing with every type of bread known to man; white, rye, whole wheat, sourdough, sliced, burger buns, hot dog buns, etc. Supermarkets aren’t closing, are they? You don’t have to buy bread for the rest of the year!

Call me crazy, I won’t’ answer, however, as uncertain as life is at the moment, I do believe a lot of good is going to come from this pandemic. It already is. We’re getting free bus rides in NYC. Thanks, Governor Cuomo or whoever is responsible. Evictions are on hold and there’s a fight to cancel rent for all during this pandemic. In spite of the hoarders, kindness and consideration are all around. I’ve read story after story of people stepping up to help those who can’t step out to help themselves.

Also, people are offering their gifts, talents, and abilities to the world for free. Just last week I took a 45-minute dance class with the great Debbie Allen of Fame and sang along to a live concert by John Legend. And if you’re a music lover like me, then you were in your zone with DJ D Nice as he rocked #ClubQuarantine. Oh, and Tyler Perry started the #HesGotTheWholeWorldChallenge and invited all of his singing friends to join in. Press play below…

Why did we need a deadly virus to live this way? P.S. Debbie’s class was good. I woke up that morning with a knot in my shoulder that left the building by the time her class was over. Lots of stretching to go along with the dance moves. So good! God willing I will join her again this Wednesday at 4 pm EST.

As I said in my last post, I’m doing what I know to do and taking it one day at a time. The Lord’s prayer says give us this day, our daily bread, not this week, month or year so one day at a time is how I’m rolling through Rona while being intentional about focusing on the good. I’ve shared the bad with my prayer warriors and together we are storming heaven with our prayers because when the righteous cry out, the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

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I think this is a time for Christians to rise up and speak hope and life to the world. We have the answers. While coming home on the bus the other day, the bus driver was a familiar face.

I rode his bus in the summertime when a bunch of unruly JHS kids thought they were going to come on and make it their playground. Oh no! I immediately gathered them together and instructed them to take a seat, speak quietly amongst themselves and respect the other riders on the bus.

As I was about to get off he said to me, “I love what you did with those kids. You can ride my bus for free anytime.” Well, that time came perfectly because I didn’t have a chance to refill my MetroCard because of Rona and free bus rides were not yet in place. He smiled from ear to ear when I reminded him of our first encounter.

My stop was coming up and I would get off soon but before I did, I asked him how he’s doing and how he’s feeling about our new reality. He said, “I’m anxious.” Unfortunately, he’s not alone. For many, USA means the United States of Anxiety. His face was riddled with anxiety.

I sat with his response for a minute and then I said, pray! God is waiting to hear from you. Read your Bible. He said, yes, I need to…this is biblical. To which I replied, indeed, it is. Strengthening that vertical relationship is the only way to get through it. Talk to God. You can whisper a prayer to him even while driving this bus and he will hear you. He’s waiting to hear from you. Remember, he’s in control. This is no surprise to him. He’s got you! Don’t worry and don’t be afraid! He smiled and said, thank you.

Immediately, I saw a sigh of relief come over him and the weight of the world rolled off his shoulders. Not because of me, but because of God working through me. I got off the bus and my day was made. Hopefully, someone else comes along to encourage him even further. It’s what we all need moving forward, encouragement. Let’s get out into the world and be the light it desperately needs. Are you with me?

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Something to think about

What say you? How has this week been for you? Did you find toilet paper? How have you been spending your time? Are you anxious? Worried? How are you making it through? Let’s talk in the comments…

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Laurie March 23, 2020

Yvonne, you are so right – this “me first” attitude has got to stop. Christians are called to put God first, others second, and themselves last. You did the right thing by buying only 4 rolls of toilet paper. Little things like that matter.
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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Laurie,

There is no room for a “me first” mentality especially not now. I hope one of the things that come out of this lockdown is that we emerge with a greater consideration of others.
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Carolyn Seymour Thomas March 23, 2020

I have seen more families-Dads, in particular, with their kids…playing ball, riding bikes, walking…and NONE with their eyes glued to a cell phone. And I wonder to myself, Can we retain SOME of this, once this passes? Can we remember some of the blessings we’ve experienced during this worldwide sabbath?
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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Carolyn,

You’re absolutely right; it is indeed a worldwide sabbath. It would be so great if we emerge from this more connected to each other in every way and less to our cell phones and stuff.
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Lisa notes March 23, 2020

If everyone would take your attitude, we wouldn’t have had shortgages to begin with. Thanks for working with the manna principle, Yvonne! Everyone who was able to get toilet paper after you should be grateful. 🙂
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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Lisa,

This is where our faith is really being put to the test. When we know Gods got us and he will supply what we need, then we live the manna principle. For many of us, it’s lip service and that’s why we hoard and only look out for self.
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Michele Morin March 24, 2020

My heart is sad over this exact problem.
Our true natures are revealed under stress.
May God help us to trust him for our daily bread in every single way so our faith in him will be put on display as radically different from the norm, and so that he will get the glory.
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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Michele,

Amen! Our faith in him is on display. Hopefully, he is getting the glory from it and his heart is not saddened by our actions.
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Patsy Burnette March 25, 2020

I am so thankful for His promise to take care of His children! I believe at no time in history have so many has such an opportunity to Be The Light! I AM ALL IN!!!

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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Patsy,

Me too. God never fails at taking care of his children. He’s so good in that way. All we have to do is trust him. And yes, let’s get out there and be the light in all this darkness.
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Bethany McIlrath March 25, 2020

These stories made me smile. God is providing, despite “me first” attitudes. There are so many opportunities to share Christ’s love right now! The bus story made me smile most!!

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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Bethany,

Yes indeed, the opportunities to share Christ’s love right now are bountiful. I hope we see that and take advantage of every opportunity. The world needs the hope we have.
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Lauren Renee Sparks March 25, 2020

I love how you approached a serious subject with humor. We have a unique opportunity to love our neighbors now and will have stories to tell others of God’s faithfulness during this time. laurensparks.net
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Yvonne Chase March 27, 2020

@Lauren,

I’ve heard so many great stories of God’s faithfulness during this time and I look forward to hearing many more. He’s a great God who never ever ever fails. So glad to know him intimately.
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Kathleen - Blogger's Lifestyle March 31, 2020

A wonderful read and reminder that God is in control and not surprised by anything. I think for some people this is the first time in ages that they have slowed down and they are loving it. We will feature this post in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop:)
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