Faith over Fear
COVID - 19
A time none of us have experienced before.
A time we will all remember.
But what will you remember most? The time you spent worrying about money or complaining about keeping your kids busy? Or will you remember the laughter and memories made?
Use this time to draw near to the Lord. Spend quality time with your family. There's no need to worry because there are very few things that we can control right now. This is out of our hands. Out of our hands, but in the hands of our Father! God's hands hold the whole world - including you and me!! He holds our future. He is the only one who knows what tomorrow will look like. Sure, the government is who shut everything down but they are making decisions day by day for our safety. Why do they examine the circumstances day by day? Because they don't know what tomorrow holds. They don't know exactly how many new cases there will be, or how many deaths there will be. Our God knows it all and none of this came as a surprise to Him.
Now, more than ever before, I'm learning the importance of having childlike faith. In Matthew 18, the disciples asked God who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven and called a child close to Him. He said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Children haven't defined what is and is not possible. They swim in a sea of possibilities. They aren't fearful of what tomorrow looks like. Parents provide for their children, so they don't have to worry about a thing, even when times are tough and crazy things are happening in the world around them! As you grow older, you go off on your own. You no longer have your parents to pay for things or to protect your from the evil in this fallen world. I am able to rest in knowing that God will never leave or forsake me, and that God will meet all of my needs. Because the Lord is my Shepard, I lack absolutely nothing.
I always say "it's the little things" because in my life, I've learned that it's the small, mundane things that matter the most. It's those small things that eventually become big things. Think about this:
Why did God ask the servants at the Cana wedding to fill jars with 120 gallons of water, which must have taken a lot of time and effort, when he could have filled them with wine on the spot?
Why did he ask his disciples to “go and see” how many loaves they had, when he was about to miraculously feed 5,000 people?
Why did Jesus send the blind man, with mud and spit on his eyes, to go wash in the pool of Siloam when he healed others right on the spot?
God chose to work his wonders in mundane activities such as filling water bottles, checking the pantry, and washing off mud. So things that seem insignificant to us are elevated when they are done in obedience to Jesus.
I'm enjoying this time that I get to soak in the little things. The smell of homemade bread baking in the oven, coffee brewing, cracking open new books I "never had time to read", having deep talks, daily workouts, listening to old stories being told, and going for evening walks..... just a few of the things I'm loving :) I hope this is a time where we can learn to appreciate the little things. That's where most of your memories will lie.
During this time I want to challenge you to:
Let the peace in again. There are many reasons to be scared, but it's not worth the time we spent.
Let the hope in again. Look to things ahead.
Let the love in again. Take the Lord's hand. You are so deserving of all that he has for you!
Let the joy in again. Laugh and sing and dance and enjoy being right where you are.
"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me." Matthew 18: 1-5
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34