My oh my what a week it’s been! & let’s face it, this whole year has been a little chaotic! I understand that right now everything feels as if it’s spinning out of control. Between colleges moving online and sending students home, churches going online, sporting events enforcing new regulations, the economy getting a little out of whack, and so many other life changes due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to recognize and address everything you may be feeling, and remind you of what God’s Word says about this.
First, I want to extend sympathy to those who may be severely effected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). I understand that some of you are in a very difficult position as you may be close to those you love who are immunocompromised, or if you yourself are in danger of the virus. I know that can be a very scary thing, and I want to recognize the difficult place you are in. Friend, please know that you are being prayed for, and there is still hope for you!! I’m also aware that you don’t have to be diagnosed or even know someone who is diagnosed to still be struggling. I also want to recognize those of you who are students and don’t have a place to go when your school shuts down and those of you who may have be in a crisis at work because of how this virus has effected your jobs, or those of you who are simply stressed because there is so much unknown ahead you. Your concerns are valid, and I hope you know you are not alone in this. Take heart, my friends, you are being prayed for and thought of daily!
I understand all the concerns, fears, anxieties, etc that have sent our country into a state of chaos. I can relate! I am the QUEEN of fearing the unknown!! I now have to make decisions regarding my next steps as a student and as a friend to someone who is immunocompromised, and to be totally honest… I have no idea what to do or how to do it!
But whenever we’re in this state of confusions and chaos, this is when I believe it is SO important for us to “be still” (Psalm 46:10) with God’s Word. We may not know what’s ahead of us or what to do right now, but we know and can trust in the One who holds us in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 41:10) and is trustworthy in every season of life (Psalm 9:10).
In the midst of all the chaos, I want to remind you of what we do know…
- We know that our God is bigger than any illness (Matthew 8:1-4)
- We know that God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7)
- We know that God has promised to never leave you or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:8)
- We know that all of this has not surprised God (Psalm 139:16)
- We know that we can surrender our anxieties to Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7)
- We know that when we pray, He listens (1 John 5:14-15)
- We know that He is still worthy of our praise & adoration (Psalm 145:1-3)
- We know that there is still hope in our trials (Romans 5:3-5)
- We know that God is a place of refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1)
- We know that God supplies a peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:7)
- We know that God gives wisdom generously to those who ask (James 1:5)
So take heart, my friends. God’s Word tell us that in this world we will have trouble, but we can be encouraged because God has already overcome the world (John 16:33)!! There is hope, peace, and comfort waiting for you in Jesus!
My prayer for you is that even in the difficulty, your heart can be fully surrendered to Jesus. As one of my friends would say, “Don’t even fret!” In everything God is still good, and He’s got you in the palm of His hand.
If you have a specific prayer request related to COVID-19 or anything completely unrelated, you can submit it under the “Contact Me” page in the menu. I would love to spend time praying for you.
In the meantime, I want to share with you a text my mom sent me earlier this week (: