It has been a number of weeks in the United States now that we have been facing this virus. Each one of us have certainly had to adjust our lives to making many changes. We may have wanted things to go back to the way they were, but the real question is, “Will we ever go back there?” However, the fact is that we can honestly say, we have learned some things with all these changes too. Let’s take a moment to talk about, “We are not the same.”
We can definitely express how the changes have impacted so much of our lives. Some have had to teach their children from home, some have adjusted to working from home and still others have adjusted to losing work and figuring out how to move forward. Going to the supermarkets has been rather interesting as well. Some shelves are empty/without essential items, you have to wait to go into stores, wear masks and gloves, stay 6 feet apart and be prepared to get what you need and not have to go back too often. Many now are cooking more at home. These are only a few things that have been impacted but these alone have definitely been life-changing. We have had to learn to live differently and it has also impacted many mentally as well. These adjustments had to be made quickly like it or not and was not a choice.
It’s also amazing how the church had to make major adjustments too. To shine in these times, the church has to continue to be evidence of God’s love, mercy and grace. With so many hurting and in need, the church has extended God’s love and hope in ways of feeding others spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. Thankful to see how ministries have worked together. Global praying as a church is also vital and we see how there are those who have put together videos in worship and in the Word of God. As the environments change we must remember God remains the same yesterday, today and forever. His faithfulness continues from one generation to the next.
With all that said, personally I see how both in ministry and as an individual true sustaining peace can only be found in Jesus. There is pain and suffering but you can still walk in a sustaining peace in the mist of it all. I have found that God is truly the keeper of all things and without Him there is no hope. Seeing the hand of God move in miraculous ways cannot even begin to be told. Although, something closes and to some can look at it as a loss, I have come to see that God was orchestrating it for my good. Going forward is not only necessary in trying times but it is vital to living. These things are not fantasy but reality that I must go and do all that I am called to do no matter what. I must push through the pain, the suffering, the loss, even the doubts and naysayers to do God’s will for me.
So how do we each learn to push through? Sincerely because of faith in God and a tenacity to not stop. When you do not know God, you become too afraid to see beyond the present. When you come to know Him through a personal relationship of surrender of your will, life and failures, you gain a trust like no other that I know God has me completely and will take care of all my needs. As we are not the same because of the necessary changes due to a virus, how much more can we be changed because of a relationship with God because of all Jesus already accomplished for us on the cross. Please share with me how I can pray for you? Let me know if you would like to have this relationship with Jesus where you can live in peace that passes all understanding because you know you can trust God with your life.
For those of you who have already been in relationship with God, I also would love to hear from you as well. Please let me know how this virus has impacted you and how I can pray for you? Also, share your stories of how you have changed because of this season we find ourselves in. Please share because you can bring encouragement to others too. Let’s take this moment together and shine.
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