Waste not want not.

Do you remember this old saying?

I remember growing up when we left food on our plate, we were told,eat it as there are children starving in other countries who would be glad of it.’ As a child it always baffled me how my parents would post my leftovers to them as it would be ‘off’ by the time it arrived!

As a missionary, I had no choice not to waste and not to ‘make do and mend.’ A mere tablespoon of mince meat amongst four of us with boiled potatoes and onion (recipe from my Mother-in-Law who was the wife of a poorly paid pastor) cooked until thick like porridge then scooped onto bread – a filling meal (to this day my family love it – albeit with more mince meat!) and another meal would be three eggs beaten and mashed with boiled potatoes and flattened into a frying pan -a ‘tortilla’.

I’d been brought up by quite wealthy parents and was used to having whatever I fancied whenever I fancied it. But I had to learn fast on how to feed my family from whatever little there was available on finding myself on a poverty-stricken mission-field. It was a very necessary lesson for me in appreciation and to never ‘look down’ on ‘anything’ God provided. I’d never eaten a tomato, lettuce, salad or even one vegetable in my life! I’d only ever sat down to the best lamb chops, roasted potato’s, and gravy! Once I’d learned my long hard lesson of ‘waste not’ I ‘wasted not’ ever again, and could give thanks’ for ‘whatever’ and eventually the day arrived when I started to enjoy anything and everything.

For me, it is just second nature not to waste. Whatever is left over in our house will be our meal the next day, even if we feel like something other! I absolutely hate waste, especially food and could never throw an item of food away.

I noted a lesson on waste in John 6:12 “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” (i.e., wasted).

It won’t be too long before everyone has to learn how to ‘waste not’ and to ‘make do and mend.’

Why?

Biblical Prophesy predicts famine is coming and we can sea it has already started!

Russia has already stolen all the grain from the bread basket of Europe. There is a serious lack of food production due to a pandemic. Global shipping has dropped. The ‘feed’ for livestock has increased fourfold so farmers are considering alternative careers. And for the first time since the last war, grocery shops are rationing food items.

We may as well get used to the fact that the-days-of-plenty are coming to an end! In Church on Sunday a dear sister in Christ saidwell I would keep some chickens thinking it would solve her problem of a food shortage. But during a famine no-one with a few chickens would be safe from theft! It’s no use ‘stock-piling’ either. It wouldn’t work for long as desperate people who would soon get to know who was hiding stuff and ransack through hunger. And a real significant tell-tale sign would be some people getting visibly thinner while others were flourishing. Stockpiling couldn’t be hidden. A famine is a famine and affects all and there’s no way out during one.

For now, we need to learn how to ‘waste not‘ and to ‘make do and mend’ to at least show the Lord that we are trying to be disciplined and to be grateful for everything, because the days of ‘throwing food away’ is not only wrong, it is a thing of the past.

“There will be famines (Matthew 24).

“There will be great earthquakes, plagues, and famine (Luke 21:10,11).

We’ve had the ‘plague’ which is far from over. Now the famine.

Prophesy in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 shows how tough times are already beginning “In the last days difficult times will come.” And it says this only the beginning of ‘birth pangs.’

What we should really be ‘stockpiling’ is hard-copy Bibles!

Why?

As well as physical famine, there will be a famine for the word of God because one day not too far away, the Bible will be made illegal through the ‘powers-that-be’ Read Amos 8:11-12.

Please don’t ever think that it is wrong or a lack of faith to be afraid. All of God’s best servants in the Bible were afraid at one time or another. And I notice that when they were afraid, they didn’t try to hide it but instead admitted being so. But the Lord was never angry or disappointed with anyone for being afraid. He always assured them of His presence. Whenever anyone was afraid, the Lord always reached out to them with love and compassion assuring them – He was there!

Thank God for Jesus who will always be there! “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Romans 8:35).

God bless. Christine.

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