Friday, April 18, 2008

About the Economy

In many ways, I'm like a little kid, I don't really like going to bed all that much, though I love sleeping.

So last night, just when I was about to go to bed, I decided to read an article about the economy. Well, the basic idea was that the world is about to collapse, and now's the time to get yourself to a farm and learn how to survive, baby! I have these creepy moments in life where I think this is all about to them some glimpses of spiritual vision...where I realize just how much we rely and depend upon the temporal. (I'm not saying I'm psychic or anything like that, I'm saying I have moments when I think I can see more clearly through to the heart of life--past all the clutter that normally clouds my vision. I hope you know what I'm talking about)

So, I do think it could happen. That the economy would collapse and so would technology and we will be plunged back into some sort of dark age. I've enjoyed this fictional series by Terri Blackstock about this happening. Of course, in the books, the family conveniently lives by a lake. Guess where I live? The desert! I have no idea how to survive! I completely rely upon technology for so many things, that I'm sure if this were to happen, I'd be one of the first to die off.

I do wonder what would happen if something like that happened...where we lost electricity or something like that. I think it would be terrifying, and yes I think it would be best to live on a farm near a lake.

Whenever I read tales of survival I always wonder if I have that in I have it in me to survive something very very hard? Does this country? Our constant instant gratification and lack of practical skills makes me think the answer is no. In the past, yes, but now? No.

So I had to hunt down a bunch of articles on the economy to see what was up last night and then spend some time worrying because even though it doesn't help at all, I'm amazingly good at it. I don't understand economics, but I do understand reaping what you sow.



Chaotic Hammer said...


It's Friday night in America. Call up a few friends and go out and have some fun. With a grateful heart, enjoy your youth and your health, and the blessings that God has lavished upon you right now. Seriously.

"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?"

"And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?"

"And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!"

"Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."

"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

-Matthew 6:25-34

Amy said...

Good words.

You obviously live by a lake. JUST KIDDING! :)

I think I came across more gloom and doom than I intended. In any case, I definitely need to stay away from the gloom and doom stuff. I know there are things I shouldn't read....too much theological debate is one, and predictions of a reversion to the dark ages is the other. ;)

Chaotic Hammer said...

Well, I hope I didn't come across too harsh or anything. We all hear these predictions of bad things just beyond the horizon. The Middle East is a powder-keg, terrorists could get their hands on a nuke and set it off in an American city, Bible prophecies seem to predict a dark and terrible time just before the return of Christ, and on and on. We saw after 9/11 that a single event can send shockwaves around the world with frightening speed and force. Every generation has heard these dire predictions, and to some degree or another, most generations have actually had some part of them come true and play out. Yet each time, God's grace was proven reliable, and He brought people through their darkest times and darkest fears.

As a matter of fact, I do live by a lake. And I have an acre and a half of property, that I could probably grow food on if I needed to. But it has never occurred to me for one second to put my trust in those things. In fact I've actually been to the edge of nothing, where I literally didn't know where my next meal was coming from, and didn't see any way forward through my circumstances. Though we always have to be reminded over and over, I really do trust that Jesus will take care of me and those I love.

If things collapsed suddenly and horribly in America, we'd find out real fast what the true Church really is, because we would all band together and live in small communities together to survive the hard times. You'd certainly be more than welcome to come here and stay with us if you like. I have a daughter about three years younger than you, so you guys could share her room (she's moved out and goes to college now).

OK, I'm just kidding with you about that. But not entirely -- I mean, you would be welcome here, but I trust that you already have people in your life who feel the same way about you as I do about my friends and family, and they would not let you fall by the wayside and face hard times alone.

Amy said...

It's funny because I was thinking about how it seemed things would get worse after 9/11 but they didn't not not terribly so.

I mean we still have electricity.

It would be interesting to find out how the church would operate which was of course something explored in this series of books I read. Would you choose to hoard your supplies to save your family or share generously with your neighbor? etc. All the nice things we like to think we are would be put to the test and I think there would be some surprises both good and bad.

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