Pandemic Life Trial: Grain Storage

On the afternoon of March 19, I took a walk as I did every day. During the walk, I heard that there was a broadcast repeatedly telling residents to take the nucleic acid test downstairs. Suddenly I realized that the coronavirus outbreak was getting serious again.

On my way home, I met a fruit grower who was sending apples to teachers at a vocational school and he had two bags of apples left. I bought them without hesitation.

In the evening, I saw the notice posted by the community committee stating that all residents must participate in the nucleic acid test. The notice did not say that the community was going to be closed, but I had experienced a similar situation two years ago, so I went to the supermarket and bought several kilos of eggs, vermicelli, potatoes soil and other foods that can be stored for a long time.

The next morning, I rushed to a grocery store and bought a bag of rice, a bag of noodles, and toilet paper. As soon as I arrived home, I heard the news that the community was going to be closed. I felt lucky enough to have purchased the necessities ahead of time.

During the spiritual devotions the following morning, when I repeated the Lord’s prayer which is so familiar to me: “Give us this day our daily bread. I suddenly felt extremely grateful to the Lord! I couldn’t help but open my eyes to take a look at the food on the table, then continued my prayer. I never even thought about the real meaning of this “old” prayer, but it became so real to me at that moment. I suddenly began to understand the true meaning of “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God”. When the crisis came, I did my best to store more food in case of need. But isn’t it more urgent for me to store something up spiritually?

A few years ago I bought some notebooks and sticky notes to memorize the Bible. In the beginning, I read and transcribed the Bible every day, so that I could recite it. But over time, I got busy with other things and put the Bible aside. Now when I think about it, what a huge loss that is! If I continued to read it, then the number of words I would have learned from the Bible would be enormous by now. As stated in Psalm 119:11, “I keep your word in my heart, so that I do not sin against you.” It reminds us that it is essential for us to memorize the words of the Bible.

Charles R. Swindoll said it well: “In fact, I think there is no greater benefit in the Christian life than memorizing the scriptures….By reciting the scriptures, your prayer life is reinforced; Your testimony will be more touching and contagious; Your attitude and outlook will change accordingly.

I agree with Mr. Swindoll’s words above, and keeping the word of God in my heart has not only helped me avoid sin, but has also helped me grow in all aspects of my life. life. Of course, I know that practicing the teachings is more important than trying to recite the scriptures, that is, to delve into the scriptures and the meaning of the scriptures. Through meditation, I can apply the words of the Bible in my daily life, and even change my own disposition!

– Translated by Nicolas Cao


Pandemic Life Trial: Grain Storage

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