Life has looked a little different lately. In the midst of Corona Virus I have found myself reevaluating and shifting my priorities. I have found myself in disbelief that what was happening in the World around me was real. My families jobs weren't secure, our social life switched to Google Hangouts, and at one point we had to search multiple stores for basic things like cleaner and toilet paper. On top of all of that, my "normal" life and all of the fun and not so fun stuff was still happening. I would go in and out of stress and anxiety about what this would mean for my finances, my husband who has an autoimmune disease and was still working, and the future in general. One day I was in my kitchen and felt the presence of God. I felt an overwhelming peace, and in that moment I knew that God was with me. God spoke to me and said "I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. It might seem like things are uncertain but I am". That immediately shifted my perspective on what is currently going on.
God quickly reminded me that He still is who He says He is, and that He is a more than enough God. His love for us never changes, He is our provider, our healer, and our firm foundation. It's times like these that I need to remind myself to stand on the Word of God, and Trust in Him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says to Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and not to lean on our own understanding. In all our ways submit to Him and He (ONLY He) will make your paths straight. I had to check myself because me worrying and trying to figure everything out was a sign of me not trusting God. It's not always easy but, we have to stand on God's Word and put our trust in Him. I had to remind myself to put my hope in the Lord and trust that He would renew my strength, just like Isaiah 40:31 says. Isaiah 41:10 says "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.". What a beautiful scripture, and one that I sometimes need to read daily. It is so important to know that God's Word is truth. It is the living Word of God and it HAS to be our foundation.
Some practical things that have made a difference during quarantine are spending time
with Jesus and spending time in His Word. It makes such a big difference for me when I
am intentional about how I start my day.
I have been reading a book called For This I Was Born, by Brian Houston and man it is so timely. He talks a lot about living with purpose and focusing on the cause. the cause being Christ, and the why behind everything that we do. Brian Houston talks about how Psalm 23 is a beautiful picture of purpose because it starts verse 1 with The Lord is...and ends the passage with ...the Lord forever. and Somewhere in the middle in verse 6 it says ...for His names sake. I want my life to look like that; The Lord is, the Lord forever, for His names sake. It is all about God, eternity, and every day in between. Purpose shapes our lives, our decisions, and how we respond to things. Another good heart check, and to know when we have to shift some things and realign with God's Word is by looking at how we make decisions and how we respond to the different things that we're faced with. If I get mad or worked up about a decision that was made or something that happened with someone, I check myself. Just some practical ways to check your heart.
Let me wrap this up by touching on a couple things. My Pastor shared a message this past Sunday, and we are in a series titled Mirrors: The places that we find ourselves. One thing that was highlighted for me was when he talked about Christ being our definer and us finding our identity in Him. That really hit home because we need to make sure that we are looking to God and have hope in times like this. Hope is a person, and His name is Jesus. We find all of our rest and peace in Him, and we don't have to turn to other things for security. Our peace and our security are found in God, not our jobs, not our finances, or whatever else we think gives us security. Back to what is certain, God is certain and I want Him to be the only one who sets the tone for my life. I don't want to be the leader of my life, I want God to direct my steps. I want to run with purpose and keep my focus on the cause. What has shifted focus from God?
Maybe you were like me, and anxiety started to creep in the more the media talked about Covid-19, or maybe you have focused on everything that is going wrong, and have been stressed instead of looking to the one who gives us peace, where have we shifted focus?
I just wanted to share this because in the midst of all of the chaos, God is still all knowing, all loving, and He is sufficient. He is a more than enough God and He's got you. He's always had us. On that same note, please know that as a believer that the Lord is with us wherever we go. Never forget or underestimate the power of what you carry. You carry the presence of God with you. You carry the King of Kings and Lord of Lords with you. So don't get discouraged, remember that when we are weak He is strong. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.