As I sit here and write this, I’m in a bit a disbelief. Reflecting over the events of the past week, I said to my daughters yesterday “never in all of my years have I experienced anything like this!”
I’ve never seen schools closed for weeks at a time, church services cancelled indefinitely. Grocery store shelves are bare, and people just have a weird energy about them everywhere I go. As all of this unfolds day by day, and the news saturates our minds with an endless loop of fear and hopelessness, I think that now more than ever, we need a little reminder of whats true.
Here are 4 places that I find comfort in God’s Word in a time of crisis:
This is the day the Lord has made;
We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
Be strong and courageous.
Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 (NIV)
As we sat in our living room with our pastor talking about funeral plans, what songs we’d sing, who would talk…I remember that something struck me very suddenly and I said it out loud.
“Everyone says she lost her battle with cancer, but that would imply that the cancer won. But it didn’t. The cancer can’t grow without her. The cancer is dead. But she is more alive than she’s ever been, while that cancer sits powerless over her.”
The hope of our salvation is secure in the One who gave it to us. No one or nothing can take that from us! And when we recognize and focus on that, the things that scare us and threaten us seem so much less powerful. Not even cancer can claim the life of someone whose hope is in Jesus Christ. Because even death is a new beginning when Eternal life is what we look forward to!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)
I found out yesterday that my girls school is closed for at least 3 weeks. Instantly I got annoyed, then sad thinking of all of the experiences they’ll miss out on missing such a big chunk of time with their peers.
It didn’t take me long to take what I thought was a negative and realize that by taking away all distraction and removing the routines and constants that I count on through my week, God can and did just give me an amazing gift. I’m going to embrace this time of slowing down. I’m going to bask in the extra moments I get to soak up with my teenage daughters. I’m reminded by these verses that something as awful and scary as a global viral pandemic can also be used by God to give us little gifts. And that’s what this is! He’s going to do some amazing works in many families as people all over the globe are forced to close out the world by ourselves for a little bit. He’s using this awful thing to do an inconceivable amount of good for families everywhere!
When we are brought to our knees and have nowhere to turn, we look up. And when you look up, you will see Him. He is your strength and He is your future. So no matter what you face and how beaten down you feel, don’t give up because even when you feel your weakest, He is still using you for something important. And one day, this awful thing you are going through will be a powerful part of your testimony!
I hope that these promises in God’s Word help to put your heart back in the right place. I’m hoping that fixating on the trials of now with an eternal perspective make them a little less scary.
It’s my prayer that you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus Christ and tune out the noise that threatens to scare you and steal your joy. And whatever you are going through, just remember that you are not alone. God is only a prayer away and prayer is powerful! Read your Bible, talk to Him and love those who He put around you. And when you feel tired and weary, let those that God placed around you love YOU! It’s ok to accept the love and support of the people God placed in your life during difficult times. Following these easy steps makes even the darkest of days less powerful in light of His glory. And that’s the best place to find the hope and renewal that you need ♥️