We are more than halfway through November and none of us thought we would still be working remote. With infection numbers climbing again in some regions of the country it feels like a punch to the stomach. Many of us have had the thought, “Is this pandemic ever going to end?!” Well, it will end, we just don’t know when.
I, personally, have struggled with being so separated from everyone. I thrive on being connected with people, and the opportunities to do so have been very limited. My ability to walk freely, talk face to face, and just love on people will no doubt be restricted for an unknown length of time. I wrestle with the inability to operate the way I have grown accustomed to and find myself frustrated—sometimes, downright angry—and I know that many of you probably feel the same way I do.
Many of us have experienced loss of loved ones, sick loved ones (of various illnesses), and feelings of isolation. This feeling of being alone can be a heavy burden. It can be hard to navigate, especially if you struggle with anxiety and depression. However, in times like this, we have a choice. We can choose to focus on all of the negative things around us, or we can choose to believe that God has a plan for each one of us.
Not one of the things we hear on the news daily has taken God by surprise. Scripture tells us, “He is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). We are more than conquerors through Jesus’s great love for us (Romans 8:31-39). Make no mistake, times are hard, and they require us to fight, but we have been given everything we need to be victorious. His name is Jesus, and we can cast our cares on Him (1 Peter 5:7) and receive a peace that we cannot comprehend (Philippians 4:7).
I have been reminded of these truths lately, as I have had to fight through some difficult situations with family. I started feeling down, and I struggled to make sense out of what was going on. Thankfully, God reminded me of His goodness and faithfulness, and I began to choose the truth of His word.
We have a choice how we go through this season and I pray that the truth of Jesus and love that He has for you will give you hope. Fight the good fight of faith, and when fear tries to grip you, press fully into the love of Christ.
“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” -- Hebrews 10:39 (ESV)
Do not shrink back into fear; let the Love of God remove that fear and allow faith in Him to carry you through. And until we are able to safely reconvene in person once again, I pray your lives would be full. I pray for God’s blessing to be upon you and that His Spirit will comfort you. Hang in there: this too shall pass.
Blessings, my friends.
Have you read Jeremy’s thoughts on ‘Change’ or Being Thankful yet? There’s plenty of comfort to be found from our Chaplain on Staff, and we’d encourage anyone who’s been struggling these past few months to reach out to him and his Prayer Team for support and encouragement.
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“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to bring you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)