31 Jan Stocking Up and He Knew Why
About a week ago, my husband and I felt a sudden need to stock up on groceries. Bad weather was not in the forecast. The kitchen cabinets and refrigerator held many items for meals. So, why did we both feel the need to stock up on soup, rice, toilet paper, facial tissues, water, etc.? We had no idea. But…God knew.
After Alan and I had completed our shopping at the local grocery store, we went back home and emptied the bags. We commented “Well, I guess it’s a good thing we bought this stuff. Now, we don’t have to go to the store for a while.” and “Glad we’re all stocked up.”
Little did we know that in two days, the awful coronavirus would hit our family. God knew it was coming. God knew we needed to be prepared and stocked up on groceries. Alan began feeling achy and developed a stuffy nose. Two days later, he tested positive for the virus. I tested negative.
Some other members of our family tested positive, while others remained with a negative test result. We are blessed to have our vaccines and boosters. Everyone affected is quarantined and feeling better every day.
This virus affects people in different ways. We’ll never know how the virus came to us, yet, we do know we are thankful for the love and prayers of family and friends, and strangers.
Alan’s symptoms are not as bad as they could be and for that we are thankful.
We continue to pray for everyone affected by the virus and yes, that is everyone in the world. Whether you have had the virus yourself or know someone who has had it, we are all affected.
God constantly shows us His love in every moment of the day and night. While Alan and I were shopping for those extra items and wondering why we felt the need to shop, God knew what would be happening to us.
The love of God is eternal and He cares for us deeply.
During this time of quarantine, Alan and I have watched old movies, read great books, studied Scripture, and video chatted with family. This quiet time has allowed us to slow down and rest in the moment. We’ve noticed the sunshine more, the sounds of ice melting on the roof, the sound of wind whipping in the trees, and the quiet of the neighborhood. The freezing temperatures last night caused the azaleas in the front flower bed to shrivel and pose like a statue.
We also gave thanks to God for His provisions, even though we didn’t know why we would need extra groceries in the house.
When those times come and we don’t understand what is happening, going to God in prayer can bring peace and comfort that only He can give.
You are cherished and loved by Him.
Have a glorious day and stay warm and healthy,
Melissa Henderson aka Mimi
Karen Jurgens HarrisonPosted at 08:47h, 31 January
So glad you all are feeling better, Mimi. I can identify with your spirit of discernment that was in operation. God is so gracious to elbow us for what He knows is coming down the road. We’re secure in His hands! Blessings, dear friend.
Melissa HendersonPosted at 14:36h, 31 January
Thank you Karen. God always has a plan for us and His plan is always best. Have a blessed week! 🙂
JD WiningerPosted at 13:05h, 31 January
So very grateful that you, Mr. Alan, and other members of your clan are recovering from this illness Ms. Melissa. Am grateful also for the reminder that God goes before us, and how important it is to listen and act even when we don’t fully understand why. God’s blessings; and continued prayers for a full and fast recovery.
Melissa HendersonPosted at 14:35h, 31 January
Thank you J.D. We all are feeling better and praising God for His healing. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Joanne ViolaPosted at 13:06h, 31 January
Melissa, I am so glad you and your family are feeling better. It is amazing how the Lord leads and guides us – not only spiritually – but even in practical ways like food shopping. May you all continue to regain health and strength!
Melissa HendersonPosted at 14:35h, 31 January
Amen Joanne. Yes, the Lord leads us and guides us spirtually and practically. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Jill WeatherholtPosted at 13:22h, 31 January
I’m relieved to know you and your family are all well now, Melissa. I find so much comfort in knowing God knows all and is able to direct our steps even when we don’t understand. Stay well!
Melissa HendersonPosted at 14:34h, 31 January
I agree with you Jill. I find comfort in knowing God knows all. Have a blessed week! 🙂
karenruhlPosted at 15:09h, 31 January
So glad Alan is on the mend!! It is amazing how God communicates with us. I thought about this verse and wanted to share it with you because I know you and Alan are so faithful. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:27-28 Sending Love, Hugs, and Prayers.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 16:08h, 31 January
Amen. I love that verse. Thank you for sharing. Our family is feeling great and back to sharing lots of laughter. Have a blessed week. Love and hugs! 🙂
Leigh DeLozierPosted at 15:15h, 31 January
So glad that you and your family are feeling better — and that you paid attention to God’s nudging to make that grocery store run and stock up on things. He’s always pointing us in the direction we need to go but I don’t always hear Him or pay close enough attention to the “little” prompts. Thanks for the reminded that following what we think He is telling us is never a bad thing. Take care!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 16:11h, 31 January
Thank you for reading and commenting Leigh. Our family is feeling much better. The laughter has returned. We thank God for His healing and mercies. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Gail JohnsonPosted at 16:00h, 31 January
Glad you all are feeling better, Melissa. Praying for everyone. Hugs, sweet friend. ❤
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 16:09h, 31 January
Thank you so much Gail. The laughter has returned to the Henderson family. We thank God for His healing. Have a blessed week! Hugs to you, too, sweet friend. 🙂
Kimberly Rose JohnsonPosted at 16:44h, 31 January
Happy to hear you and Alan are on the mend! I love how the Lord speaks to us and how much He cares. Thank you for sharing.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 17:43h, 31 January
Thank you Kimberly. We are praising God. Yes, the Lord speaks to us and He cares for us. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Janet from FLPosted at 17:02h, 31 January
I love it when God shows us that He knows things we do not, and He cares enough to provide for us! I’m glad you all had rather mild symptoms.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 17:44h, 31 January
Amen. God shows us things every day. We just need to be alert for His messages. The family feels good now. We thank God for His healing. Have a blessed week! 🙂
June FosterPosted at 19:47h, 31 January
Melissa, I’m so grateful you are both okay. But even more exciting is witnessing God’s hand in all this. He absolutely loves you and takes care of you. Prayers.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 20:44h, 31 January
Thank you June. Amen. God is with us in every moment. He loves His children. Have a blessed week dear friend. 🙂
dscales24Posted at 19:48h, 31 January
Melissa, I am thankful your family is healing. Good for you for following God’s lead. I fear I often miss important things He wants to communicate to me.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 20:45h, 31 January
Thank you. I pray for all who are sick with the virus. I pray I will be alert to His messages. Have a blessed week! 🙂
colarnoldPosted at 20:55h, 31 January
Hope everyone is now warm and well!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 21:27h, 31 January
Thank you. The family is well and warm and happy. Thankful to be full of laughter. Hope you are well, too. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Ava PenningtonPosted at 23:47h, 31 January
Glad you’re well!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:54h, 01 February
Thank you Ava. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Jessica BrodiePosted at 14:01h, 01 February
So good! I truly hope you are all feeling better. My daughter tested positive on Friday, so we’re all currently in quarantine. Thankfully it’s not so bad (we had it about 14 months ago also) thanks to the vaccines and more. Your point about heeding God even when we don’t understand is SO important! God knows the plan. He loves us, and He steers us well. It’s up to us to listen. God bless you! Your writings bless me SO MUCH.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:22h, 01 February
I’m praying for you and your family. Hope everyone feels better soon. Yes, God knows the plans He has for us. I am thankful He is in control. Have a blessed week dear friend! 🙂
Nancy E. HeadPosted at 14:50h, 01 February
For most of us, Covid is a chance to lay low and rest. I love that God prompted you to stock up. Wonderful!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 15:23h, 01 February
Thank you Nancy. I love how God knows what is best for us. When we pause and listen to Him, we can find the answers needed. Have a blessed week! 🙂
pennyfrostmcginnisPosted at 16:58h, 01 February
I love when God works out what we need before we know it. Glad you are all felling better and were able to embrace the quiet time.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 22:27h, 01 February
Thank you Penny. Yes, we are feeling better. We are back to laughing and playing with grandkids. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Barbara HarperPosted at 17:54h, 01 February
What a wonderful testimony of God’s provision and leading. I am glad your husband’s case was not severe and hope all the family members get well soon. They’re saying this virus might hang around, like the flu. I hope it doesn’t, but if it does, I hope it at least ebbs away to the point that it’s not causing the trouble it is now.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 22:24h, 01 February
Thank you Barbara. I, too, hope this virus leaves soon and never returns. Our family is well now and the laughter has returned. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Lynn J SimpsonPosted at 21:50h, 01 February
God knows! I am glad everyone is beginning to feel better, Melissa! It is a virus that does not discriminate.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 22:25h, 01 February
Thank you Lynn. I’m praying for all who are sick with this awful virus. Have a blessed week! 🙂
Christy BPosted at 23:34h, 03 February
I love how your faith has carried you through a tough situation like family members having COVID. I hope Alan and your other loved ones are now feeling much better!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:11h, 04 February
Thank you so much. Our family is feeling great. Health and laughter have returned. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
Bettie GilbertPosted at 00:02h, 04 February
Oh Melissa, thank you for thinking of me while you yourself were recovering! Our Father is so faithful to prepare the way before us, isn’t He? Your note came just when I needed encouragement too. Blessings and love to you dear friend!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 00:14h, 04 February
Thank you Bettie. Continuing to pray for you. Blessings and love to you, too. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
Terri MillerPosted at 12:41h, 04 February
I love when we realize that something that seemed like a coincidence was really a little God-nudge. He’s always working for our good. Glad you guys are feeling better.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:32h, 04 February
Thank you Terri. Yes, I, too, love those God nudges. I pray I am listening for any nudge He gives. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
Diana DerringerPosted at 22:10h, 04 February
We serve an awesome God. I pray you feel well soon.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 12:45h, 05 February
Thank you Diana. The family is feeling better and back to sharing laughter. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
Jeanne TakenakaPosted at 00:19h, 05 February
Ahhh, Melissa. I’m sorry your honey and other members of your family have had to deal with the virus. How good of our Father to prompt you two to do some shopping before you were impacted by covid. I hope your family continues to mend quickly.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 12:46h, 05 February
Thank you Jeanne. We feel better now. We’re praising God for answered prayers. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂
debwilson2Posted at 22:03h, 13 February
Melissa, I love hearing how God leads His children. I hope you are all better by now!
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 16:28h, 14 February
Thank you Debbie. We are feeling great. Have a blessed week! 🙂
RobbyeFayePosted at 06:20h, 16 February
So glad you, Alan and family are on the road to recovery.
We’ve had 3 of our kiddos that live out of town come down with it, along with their spouses and their family members. Even a mild case can be miserable.
Blessings, prayers and hugs~
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 13:34h, 16 February
Thank you so much. I pray your family heals quickly. Have a blessed week! 🙂
RobbyeFayePosted at 19:12h, 23 February
Thank you, Melissa. I pray you’re feeling lots better.
Saji VarghesePosted at 12:12h, 17 February
That you keenly listened to His prompt and stocked up, is wonderful. Let’s “be still” and attentive to His whispers and reflect on how powerfully He carries us along in rain, pandemic and whatever. He is simply amazing 🙏.
Melissa G. HendersonPosted at 14:08h, 17 February
Amen. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day. 🙂