Like a kaleidoscope of many colors, the world appears to be spinning, forming optical illusions like an infinity mirror casting shadows and reflections everywhere. The time to be still is now.
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, NIV)
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still.” (Exodus 14:14, NIV)
Our minds are filled with questions. How can we survive the coronavirus? What am I going to do economically? Is this the end of the world?
As we sit and listen to unlimited news updates and presidential briefings, our minds are growing weary and our thoughts bewildered. These are the exact moments we must magnify our faith and know that God is with us.
“This is the message I’ve been set apart to proclaim as preacher, emissary and teacher. It’s also the cause of all this trouble I’m in. But I have no regrets. I couldn’t be surer of my ground — the One I’ve trusted in can take care of what He’s trusted me to do right to the end.” (2 Timothy 1:12, MSG)
The coronavirus has no doubt placed a hardship on the world and changed lives, some forever. This is the time to be still, open our hearts and minds to spiritual growth, self-enhancement, positivity, and learn to lean on our faith.
“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9, ESV)
Rejoice, for in faith we grow
In darkness, the light shines brighter.
We are now seeing lower gas prices, environmental protection, pollution decreased. Time has been given to us for priorities that we should have never let slide. Families can spend quality time communicating with one another. Phone calls and old-school handwritten letters are being shared, and new world social media is being used in effective ways to pray, comfort, and spread encouragement.
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears and should understand with their heart and should be converted, and I should heal them.” (Matthew 13:15, KJV)
We are in a time of healing.
The CDC is social distancing us from one another, not from God. This is when we should be practicing deep breathing — inhaling all of God’s mercy and grace and exhaling all the earth’s broken pieces that we have created.
It is in this season we overtake all other forces that we have placed before Him. Sports, money, greed, addiction, and all other overindulgences. It is time we regain all that is righteous. Today is the day to realize priorities of respect, family, home — and that God is our best protection.
My wish is that you will take a moment to explore some ways to find the peace and understanding that may be dormant at this time. Self-care is important, especially in turbulent times.
Pray with intensity
Bring all your concerns and praises to the Healer.
· Celebrate your talents by cultivating a hobby.
· Create a gratitude journal. List your blessings.
· Pursue random acts of kindness.
· Organize and develop a new routine for your current situation.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”(Philippians 4:8, ESV)