How can the days feel so long and yet the months scurry?
Covid-19 has certainly been jarring to our world. It’s changed our plans, highlighted our loneliness, increased our anxiety, impacted our economy, exposed our frailty…
In and through this journey Jesus remains who He has always been. Savior, Shepherd, Counselor, Healer, Companion, etc.
Remember Hagar from the Old Testament? She and her son were thrown out of Abraham and Sarah’s caravan into the desert alone. No flashlight, no funds, no food. It looked hopeless for them until she met “the God who sees.”
The Lord is not in hiding nor is he blind to our suffering. He not only sees, but he has a master plan that’s locked in place. At no point has he been unaware, taken aback, shocked, unprepared, or helpless. He has a history from before “the beginning” of being Able, Strong, and Sure. We are the ones with weak knees, unfaithful hearts, and wobbly convictions. God’s response to our frailty is Jesus. The One who rescues and heals us from our sin and the sin of others.
Covid-19 is a constant threat, inconvenience, and disruption, however, it doesn’t determine our destiny. That’s locked in place. Jesus sees. He remains our Sovereign, Compassionate, Provisional God.
Dear ones the Lord is here and near to the broken-hearted, the weak, the sick, the lost, and all those who call upon his dear name. He offers us strength for the long day and dark nights.
So let’s buckle on our armor (and our mask, when appropriate), rise up into our gifts, calling, and our courage. Let’s spread our Christ inheritance of joy, hope, love, and light. Hard times and desert places is where he does some of his deepest heart work.
Braveheart’s let us raise Christ’s banner and sing his praise!