It's Just the Coffee Talking: Something... anything... is better than... nothing.

Pondering over afternoon coffee:  There but for the grace of God, go we......

Ukraine - just a few hours (3) after the first bombs fell and before everything started to get real.

 



 

Here is what the post reads:


This photo of an unidentified man hugging a life-size crucifix in Ukraine went viral across social media platforms as Russia began its full-scale invasion of the country.

The photographer, Dennis Melnichuk, snapped the image outside the Catholic Bernardine monastery and church in Lviv on Feb. 24. Then, he shared it with the world in a Facebook post. At the time, Melnichuk told CNA, “I was feeling my heart quiver with unbelief and shock. Also, I felt faith rising in my heart.” He spotted the man while walking to the church to pray.

“This was about three hours after the bombs went off in Kyiv; huge lines were at the banks, pharmacies, and stores as everyone was trying to stock up due to the uncertainty of what was to happen next,” Melnichuk recounted. This man, instead, prayed at the foot of the cross. In his caption for the photo, Melnichuk said that he and his wife, Anya, woke up to a phone call warning them that Kyiv was being bombed.

“Before heading east towards Ternopil, Ukraine, we went to grab groceries and extra cash from the ATM,” he wrote on Facebook. “We stood in line for about an hour to get our turn at the machine and found out that there was a $100 limit per person. The reality of martial law just hit us.”

“We are getting ready to help people get away and find housing for refugees — whatever we can do to help in this crisis,” he added.

Instead of fleeing, Dennis and his wife chose to stay in Ukraine to “be the hands and feet of Jesus on the ground,” their fundraising page reads. In other words, assisting and sheltering refugees through their ministry, Awakened Generation.

Awakened Generation, Melnichuk said, has worked to equip and activate the local church in worship, missions, and evangelism. Now, he told CNA, “we are serving refugees fleeing from the war and providing emergency relief and aid to those who are enroute west.”

“We are partnering with YWAM [Youth with a Mission] in Ukraine to give refugees a safe place to stop, sleep, eat, and rest, and help them find a safe way to get out west,” he added. People can help them he said: by praying and interceding, donating, and providing medical help.



There are LOTS of things to ponder about this whole situation but one of the things that jumped out at me as very important about this post that some people may have not thought about is the part about there being a limit on the ATM.

Now, this was literally JUST as this whole situation was starting.  Many had no idea anything was even happening yet.  This couple got a 'heads up' phone call saying Russia had just started to attack - it had only been a couple hours at this point.

“Before heading east towards Ternopil, Ukraine, we went to grab groceries and extra cash from the ATM,” he wrote on Facebook. “We stood in line for about an hour to get our turn at the machine and found out that there was a $100 limit per person. The reality of martial law just hit us.”


I found myself thinking of all the people who would do the same thing in the event a situation would start in our countries - be it the US, Germany, Canada, wherever...  that many would think they could get some extra funds from the bank to either quickly run to the store for food, diapers, household goods, to get gas for their vehicles, funds that would help them travel out of the hot zones and try to get somewhere safe....

Only to find long lines, and limits of $100 at the ATM.

What would the situation turn into where you live?  Possible chaos, anger, violence as tempers grow short and fear sets in.  We've seen it in the news over and over in the past.  It doesn't take much to set a crowd 'off'.  

Another reason to do a few things to prepare now.  Even if it's just a little bit.  

Something... anything... is better than nothing.

Just some things I was thinking about briefly when I read this update on social media.




It's just the coffee talking again.....