Running Low at the Grocery Store – Grace & Truth Link-Up


Out of Toilet Paper

I legit needed to buy toilet paper. Not to hoard. Not to stockpile. But because we were almost out anyway.

But when I got to Walmart, the shelves were almost bare. There were still a few rolls left. But there were far less packages than there was empty space.

Ditto for the wipes I wanted to replace in my car. None on the shelves. On and on.

We’re all experiencing new things in this time of Coronovirus.

If we’re lucky, we’ll only be affected by self-quarantines and slightly inconvenienced by mundane things as fewer selections than we’re used to at the grocery store.

May we use these as wake-up calls to realign our priorities and perspectives in this season of uncertainty and fear and disruptions. God is still with us; we are still here for each other. That has not changed. That will not change. 

We may run low on supplies, but may we remain full of hope. God’s faithfulness and our love for each other, by his grace, will never run out.

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Last week Laurie linked a post with us at Grace & Truth about her own perspective shift at the grocery store. I think you’ll relate, too, like I did.

As she reminds us, let us each remind each other when we’re short on patience, for whatever the reason:

“Most people do not irritate us on purpose. . . . Gratitude, humility, and the ability to see life from others’ points of view lead to inner peace.”

Read Laurie’s post, “How I Achieved Inner Peace In the Checkout Line” at her blog, Meditations in Motion. You’ll be glad you did.

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8 thoughts on “Running Low at the Grocery Store – Grace & Truth Link-Up

  1. Pam Ecrement

    Well said, Lisa, and so true! I don’t think any of us alive have lived through anything quite like this, but those in recent generations before us certainly have as I wrote in my post “How Did They Do It?” on Wednesday. It’s a time to use our restricted lives to settle in to our favorite chairs and dig more deeply into the Word and listen more carefully and longer while praying and use all that to allow the roots of our faith to be nourished and grow deeper.

    For whatever comes, the coronavirus did not catch the Lord off guard and though He didn’t send it, He can use it for good in each of our lives and for us all if we allow Him to do so.

    Be safe and rest in Him.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      That is beautiful advice, Pam. I was just talking yesterday with my daughter about how we have been spoiled in our generation. We don’t know what it’s like to experience Spanish Flu or the Black Plague or even simple conditions that caused mass deaths in years past. I’m thankful to be in this age, even though our bodies are still frail. Yes, we can rest in God. Thank you, friend!

  2. Barbara Harper

    I just went to do an online order at WalMart–usually I order in the morning and pick it up in the afternoon. But they said no time slots were available until Sunday. :-0 I’m guessing more people are using that service so as to spend less time in crowds. I’m going to venture out after lunch and see what’s left.

    The sad thing about the run on supplies is that I think that’s coming more from panic than anything else directly connected to the virus. But I am hoping that with all the measures being taken, the virus will have less of an impact that it otherwise would have.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I hadn’t thought about that the online orders, but I guess more people will want to do that than normal. Things are changing so quickly. We went shopping tonight for a few items and there was no beef, no chicken, and of course no toilet paper. But thankfully I already had my package of that. lol.

      It will give us more opportunities to put our trust in God.

  3. Laurie

    Our grocery store was completely out of toilet paper when Bill and I did our shopping this week. Not one square of TP remained on the shelf! I guess we will have to go back. Sigh! Thank you for featuring my post this week.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      At Publix tonight there was not a single sheet of toilet paper either. It’s so crazy. Also no bags of potatoes, very little bread, no chicken, etc. Hopefully after this weekend the mad panic will be over and we can flatten out this curve as well. All public schools in Alabama just got the word they’ll be out for 2 1/2 weeks starting next Wednesday.

      I’m glad to feature your post! You have lots of good ones to choose from.

  4. floyd

    Good one. The anxiety that marks the lost shouldn’t us, but we still have to strive toward the One who will provide. And protect. He causes or allows all things. We need to revere Him first… not running out of His provision.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I admit that anxiety has been getting the best of me the past few days so I need to reminder myself to not let it mark me. When I get quiet, I can better hear God. Yes, he will provide and protect; he is our provision. Thanks, Floyd.

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