By: Matt Boness
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
What do you need? The answer to that question may look completely different today than it did even a couple of weeks ago. We are finding that some of our “needs” aren’t actually needed as we are unable to do certain things now. How about those meetings that could have been done online all along? Daily trips to get the venti caramel low-fat frappe with an extra shot of espresso and whipped cream? Probably not needed. Doing your taxes this weekend? Also, not immediately needed anymore (but please do your taxes, the deadline is now July 15th).
Our priorities are being reshaped, I hope, for the better. I’m finding that the “personal space” that I needed is being tested. My need to get out of the house regularly is being shook. My need for routine and regularity is being rocked by the new look and feel of a life unimagined even two weeks ago. And I’m looking at my actual needs differently. My need for human connection. My need for a comfortable place to live and work. My need for food and water and my kids laughter.
Needs that everyone on earth has can be boiled down to shelter, food, water and clothing. Those are considered ‘basic needs’. Things, that if everything else failed, you would still need to survive. However, I think we can safely but cautiously add a few more things to our list. Like human connection to keep our mental health in check. Regular exercise to remain physically healthy. Some might even say chocolate, and since that’s considered food, I’ll allow it.
The growth that I hope we find in this time is that much of the excess of our life from pre-virus times may be washed away. The wants and needs of our lives are reshaped and revalued into ways that not only benefit us but those around us. The verse in Philippians states that “God will supply every need of yours according to his riches” and I hope we can see that he is doing that right now. That we may be the “supply” of something that someone else needs. May that be our prayer.
Our hearts hurt because we are having to come to terms with the loss of so many things that we used to enjoy. My Pastor calls this time a “heart detox”. Just like in detoxing from another addiction, we go through withdrawals that are not pleasant or comfortable. We cry, we mourn, we grieve the loss of those things and then we find that our needs are still taken care of and we move forward because through even in hardship God supplies our needs.
May we take comfort in knowing that even when things are hard, even when things are ugly and hurtful and anxious and troubled and scary and uncertain, God, in his endless grace and mercy, will still take care of our very needs for as long as our days on earth remain.
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:25-34