Never saw this coming
School shootings. Terrorist attacks. And now this coronavirus. Lord have mercy!
Schools are closed, church is live-streamed and vacations are cancelled. Even if you’re confident that danger is far from you, personal change, challenges and crisis happen everyday. I’m not talking about inconveniences like toilet paper shortages or a long line at the post office. I’m talking about the shocking, heartbreaking, disturbing bombshells.
- The marriage is over.
- The job ends.
- The car’s wrecked.
- The money’s gone.
- The diagnoses is pronounced
…and your life is irrevocably changed or altered in a way you didn’t expect or deserve.
Just say NO!
When it happens, there are two immediate and visceral reactions.
The first is NO!
You don’t like it, you don’t want it, and you don’t agree with it.
When NO doesn’t turn into YES no matter how much you cry, beg, plead or pray, the next reaction is often WHY? Why me? Why now? Why ever?
It seems fair to ask why. But do you really want to know why or do you just long for the lost to be found, the broken to be fixed, for the stolen to be returned. Really … you just want your life back! Am I right?
Unfortunate and opportunity
You can look at this time as unfortunate and as an opportunity. No one asks for the pain, suffering, hurt or destruction life brings. So, definitely acknowledge the feelings misfortune brings.
Then review the opportunity for second chances and reconciliations. Reconnect with your family. Pray fervently and, if necessary repentantly, to God. Evaluate what’s really important and and count your blessings.
There is hope in the midst of your hard circumstances … whether those circumstances were self-induced or have been thrust upon you.
Today, I want to remind you of God’s promises.
- He loves you. (John 3:16)
- He forgives you. (1John 1:9)
- He is with you. (Psalm 46:10)
- He is trustworthy. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- He has a plan. (Jeremiah 29:11)
- He will strengthen you. (Isaiah 41:10)
- He can redeem this. (Ephesians 1:7)
As you persevere through quarantines, trials and challenges, know that even though you can’t control or change the calamities, God can and does and will.
Make your own list of God’s promises today. It’s a valuable reminder of God’s goodness and greatness. And please put your favorite one in the comments below.
Scripture for today: My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. Psalm 119:50 NIV
Prayer: God, remind me that you still sit on your throne and I am always under your watchful eye. Though there are times it doesn’t feel safe, remind me I am yours and you will always care for me. I ask that this time is restful and not stressful. That we take time to reflect and cast vision and play. For us to take time to complete what’s been lingering and have extra time with you, Jesus. I’m praying God squashes not just the virus, but the fear and isolation it is causing. Praying for protection from exposure for you and yours. Praying for reserves to last and grow. In Jesus Name, amen.