Beloved friends, who would have ever thought we would live through something such as Covid 19? I sure didn’t. I didn’t even think about potential pandemics. Living in Charleston, SC I have had enough to think about when hurricane season rolls around. But after this season of fear, anxiety, and loss of control, I realize that God is up to something and I mean something BIG. He didn’t cause this. We live in a world with illness, disease, sorrow and suffering but Jesus said He has prepared a better place for those who believe in His name. He even said that in His Fathers house there would be many rooms. Places for us as believers to worship God forever. I don’t know how we will even be able to stand on the day He takes us home. We only see in part on earth– His glory that is… but one day we will see Him face to face.
In the meantime…..
There is suffering on this side of the cross
There is loss
But in the midst of it all, God holds us and carries us, His lambs. As the Great Shepherd He does not forsake or leave us for even a second. How do I know? Think about Jesus, when he heard that his good friend Lazarus had died. He wept! He knew at a deep level the sorrow of losing a friend, and also the sting of death. But He also knew that He was going to the cross so that we would cross the valley of shadow of death and be with Him on the other side.
In the meantime, we need to do more than just cope. We need to thrive. We need to do more than pray the virus will go away. We need to ask the Lord to show us the way as we walk through this valley. And indeed it is a deep valley. A scary place where we must stay 6 feet apart, hear about those who have lost their lives and wonder… what next? When will it end?
My daughter decided she had a solution. Calming gummies. She said that homeschooling three kids and worry over the virus has caused her to start taking two instead of one. I can’t blame her really. She has her hands full and gummies are not lethal or anything:)
So I mentioned that God is doing something BIG in the midst of this pandemic. He is teaching us to lean into Him. He is teaching us that though we walk through the valley, He is there; to reach out and seek Him; to listen to His voice. This morning in my quiet time I was struck at how clearly my head was after being quarantined for a few weeks. All spinning plates on the ground and I even had the time to watch the birds on my bird feeder. Unimaginable just a few weeks ago! The Lord reminded me that He is always near; always whispering but I can’t hear because my spinning plates are making so much noise. What is He doing? He is drawing us back to Himself.
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Joanne thank you for such encouraging word. As I read this I was reminded of what my son said Sunday.
He said, “Wow, we have had two weeks in a row of worship together and dinner, with desserts! Reminds me of Ma’s (his great-grandmother’s) when we all got together without a blink of an eye and loved each other like there was no tomorrow.”
I cherish this thought, not because it came from my son, but because it came from the heart of God! He wants His family, He wants us to open our eyes and share what we see, and to know His presence is with us. Without a blink of an eye love, because there is a tomorrow and there will be an unlimited supply of “Gummy Bears”
How precious to hear! Strange how we are all realizing that slowing down in our time of social isolation has given us the best gifts of all. blessings and love- Joanne
So very comforting to read these words. We know them but somehow they come alive at a time like this. I’m sure that none of us have ever experienced such an all encompassing situation–a global sickness where millions upon millions are in the same exact place and suffering in the same ways, which are many! But God! We turn from thoughts of the virus to thoughts of Him and who He is. The One who saves us and the One who always brings good no matter how tough, to those who love Him!
So glad to hear this Barbara! We all need to be reminded that the Lord has not forsaken us. He is always faithful.