I’m thinking a lot of plans have changed for a lot of people over the last week and several weeks to come. Plans that we did not expect and plans that we may or may not be looking forward to or agree with.
So, here is my 2 cents worth. Part of me is irritated that I’m joining the bazillion people talking about the coronavirus. It has consumed too much of our lives and it’s barely been a week since the crazinesses began! On the other hand, I WANT to be part of the bazillion others that emphasize God’s promises, protection and presence in our lives.
My 16 year old and I went to the BMV this past week so he could get his driver’s license (help me Jesus!) and transfer titles to the vehicle he will be driving. We had been out of town visiting family over the weekend. This was my first public encounter in our town since the craziness began! The effects of the hoopla hit me in the face when we got there. The chairs were 6 feet apart, no one wanted to sit down, only one person could go to the employee, my son and I had to trade places when he needed to sign his name, only so many people were allowed in the lobby, others were waiting in the foyer, they canceled driving tests (I would have been so mad as a teen!), they were walking around with Clorox wipes, the atmosphere was tense. Please hear me when I say we do need to take precautions, we do need to disinfect and wash our hands often, we do need to be smart and considerate of others. I don’t want this virus to get out of hand. But, seriously people, some of this is over the top panic. It does absolutely no good and just makes the situation worse than what it needs to be.
In my humble opinion we have 2 options. 1. Give into the panic and live in fear. 2. “find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psm 91:1 Are you going to draw closer to Him or pull away and distance yourself from the One Safe Haven.
This is not the first time and won’t be the last time we will face hard times. We are told we will have troubles in the world. And right after that, He says, “take heart, for I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I can give you example after example in my own life that I have experienced hard times and each time, my peace came from the shelter of His wings, His unconditional love, His unwavering power of hope, His everlasting salvation. God desires us to draw close to Him, everyday. Not just when it’s bad or hard, but when it’s good and joyful. In all things, praise His name. As I have grown deeper in my love for Christ through the years, His Word and Promises become more real everyday. As I draw closer to Him, He draws closer to me. He prepares us every day for something that has yet to come and when it does come, “He has created me for a time such as this.” Esther 4:14
So my dear brothers and sisters in Christ, “draw close to Him and He will draw close to you.” James 4:8. Continue to seek Him out, study His word, spend time in prayer, listen for the still small voice. Continue to grow in your faith, continue to lean into His open arms, live in the shelter of the Most High, find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. “He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust Him.” Psm 91:2
If you do not know the Lord as your Savior. Seek Him out. Ask for forgiveness. Acknowledge and believe He is the Lord of your life. Seek out someone you know who believes in Christ and talk to them. Send me an email, I would love to talk with you. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I feel as if I got a little preachy here. I’m not sorry. Choosing to seek peace in His presence and not give into fear and panic has been a large part of my spiritual growth in Christ. Fear creeps in every now and then and sometimes unexpectedly. When it does, God is the first one I turn to. Who or what do you turn to in times for stress, fear and panic? I pray right now that you turn to Christ first. Christ is not an afterthought but for forethought. Find rest and peace in His loving arms.
Thanks for sharing a moment with me. When are in this together in Him.