The fear of missing out, also known as FOMO, is a condition described as an individual or individuals fearing that they will miss out, or not be a part of some signifcant event. This fear can produce negative emotions that could potentially result in dangerous behavior. This behavior can manifest itself as anxiety or panic, hoarding, financial liquidation, or other fight or flight responses, which do not promote sound peace or spiritual well-being.
There is a significant difference between the need to buy extra supplies and the compulsion to overstock (hoard) which can be very expensive and exhaustive. Is there a better way in times of crisis?
It Will Appear is a better way, designed by God, and available to those who put their trust in Him. A study of secular as well as biblical history, demonstrates heroic interventions and other miracles and tales of joyful survival during times of need. I would like to share just a few of my personal miraculous encounters.
During a recent vacation to Hawaii, I realized I needed, or rather wanted a few things for my comfort. I could have easily purchased these items. However, there was no emergency, I was only kvetching (which is Yiddish for complex undesirable dilemmas).
First of all, I wanted a different shampoo other than the coconut scented shampoo provided by the hotel. I needed limes for my water, some disposable drinking cups, and one or two umbrellas for the seasonal rains in Hawaii.
My husband and I left our room to venture out for the day. On a long community table, there appeared several items for the taking: one large container of Pantene (premium brand) shampoo and another of Pantene conditioner, along with several red SOLO plastic cups, and three limes. We collected our angelic-provided find and took the “booty” back to our room. Our next stop was to check our dinner reservations at a local restaurant for our 40th anniversary. While confirming our reservations, we encountered one of those seasonal rain events. Behold, free famous named brand umbrellas were sitting in a bin for our use. At the end of our trip, we donated those umbrellas along with several other items. Not only did we repay someone else’s kind gesture, we sowed seed, and we paid it forward.
While in Hawaii, my husband and I were tracking the events of the new Corona Virus. We discussed ordering a few things to be delivered to our home, just in case. There was no anxiety, only stock smarts. Upon returning home, everything we purchased now seemed like a necessity, rather than a routine purchase. Those items were no longer available for purchase upon our return. It was only because we were at peace and responded to God’s promptings and timing that our products were available and delivered.
God is not confused, fearful, or poor. Angels are on assignment prompting us with thoughts and inclinations to act in peace. These angelic promptings appear in front of us in store lines providing tips to where to go and what to do. We must be at peace as we sense, listen, believe, and act when we have a “random thought” that requires immediate action.
The Bible gives us countless examples of how God meets our needs. Isaiah 30:21 tells us, “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying: ‘This is the way, walk ye in it, When ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” This scripture reminds us to incline our hearts and tune our spiritual ears to the promptings of God. In the Bible, we are also told that the ravens fed the prophet Elijah, Jesus fed 5,000 with two fishes and three loaves of bread, and Elisha multiplied the widow’s oil after her offering.
Our continual giving (sowing) ensures a future harvest when we need it. This strategic tenet ensures our continued needs will be met. I would encourage everyone not to over analyze this principle, but rather to sow when prompted.
I warmly recall a story from a missionary friend of mine while on a trip to Africa. Shireen’s husband shared with her the exciting news that they would be hosting visiting ministers for dinner. The only glitch to his dinner plans was that it would wipe them out of their remaining food supply. However, they fed the ministers as prompted. The very next day, a basket of bread and other food supplies “mysteriously” appeared at their front door.
In the past, money has not only “mysteriously” appeared in my empty wallet, but in some cases, it has also changed denominations. Upon paying for lunch one day, I emptied my wallet in front of my husband with only a soft crumply fifty-dollar bill. We proceeded to the mall across the street from the restaurant. I pulled out the fifty dollar bill to pay for a new shirt. The fifty I pulled out transformed into a crisp $100.00 bill. At the time, there was no pressing need for the multiplication. However, that experience now serves as a perpetual reminder to encourage me that God will supply all our needs according to His riches and glory by Christ Jesus!
These personal accounts are just the tip of the provision iceberg in my life. Airplanes, money, food, and so forth., miraculously appearing have become all too common for me.
Remain in Shalom (peace, reassurance, and blessing). Angels are working on behalf of those who put their trust in God. God is your Savior; He is your Healer; He is your Provider. What do you need? Rest assured, It Will Appear!