Let me know when it is time to panic!!

Yesterday, while watching the market go up and down, and back up again, then down, then up…well, you know what I mean. I felt like I was getting the bends!! Normally I do not pay much attention to market fluctuations. However, being my present age, where no one ever asks me if I qualify for the senior discount, I find myself feeling a bit more insecure when I watch these fluctuations. More than once did the thought pass through my brain, “Is this the time to panic?”

It was in the midst of this dilemma that I remembered a quote, which if I remember correctly, was originally formed by actor and producer, Martin Gabel, in 1945. In the midst of turmoil, and for comic relief, he turned phrase, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” In this volatile market time, this is probably sound investment advice. Regardless, that is what I plan to do as history has shown I’m better off doing nothing in the long term than panicking in a short time. This comes from a deep belief within myself that placing my security in temporal of this world will never give me the sense of calm I seek.

Wherever we allow ourselves to believe that our security is dependent on the fluctuation of temporal things, we forget what the profit Jeremiah told the people of Israel on the brink of their being taken into exile for 70 years. With the total destruction of their country, Jeremiah gave the people not only a truth, but a promise from God. He said: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). When we feel as though all is failing around us, be still, listen to the promises of God, knowing that the one constant in all the turmoil is the faithfulness of the God who put all of creation into motion.