"For the first time of my life, I completely understood the emotion of a famine."
Only a few weeks ago, Americans learned that the government would be shutdown. This was not my first shutdown experience. However, there was another aspect this time that was different. Every branch of the military would be paid except one, the U.S. Coast Guard. There were no provisions made to ensure we were covered. As I watched the news of military members in line waiting for food and crying on news broadcasts, I couldn't help but think, “What are we going to do?” Even with the money saved, there wouldn’t be enough to cover the “months to years” that the politicians say this may take. As a Coast Guard family of 8, with one primary worker, this sudden change in our reality created an emotional hurricane. The last few weeks made it apparent, we would need God to help us.
For the first time of my life, I completely understood the emotion of a famine. The uncertainty of how food would be purchased, lights would be kept on, and cars will be fueled, became a reality. Though this is far from a biblical famine and we are still privileged in many regards, there’s a harsh reality that this could be a life changing time for everyone involved.
Regardless of how we feel about the President and those at the White House, politics hasn’t been of importance. Taking care of our children, guarding our mental health, and praying to God for a miracle has taken the forefront. Yet, in the midst of it all, God has shown us to that He is a provider.
During the last three weeks, He’s taught me three things I will never forget and I must share with you.
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