It’s weird, isn’t it? Kind of eerie in a way.
Church services? Canceled.
Hair appointments? Canceled.
I swear if I hear canceled one more time…
I will never take for granted “normalcy” again. Talk about things not going to plan. Let me rephrase. Talk about things not going to our plan.
I saw this meme on Instagram the other day, it said “The most useless purchase I made this year was a 2020 planner.” Can I get an amen?
Global pandemics, mysterious viruses, quarantines, national shut downs, these are the things you read in history books. Now, we are living in a time, that will be in history books to come.
It’s kind of bizarre to me. I’m not talking about this virus, or pandemic, even though yes, it’s bizarre. But it’s bizarre to me that I believe in the God who has created heaven and earth, the King of kings, the Lord of Lords. The One who knows beginning to till end. The miracle worker. The maker of all things, the God of love. The God of all power and authority. The God who makes mountains move and oceans split. The God who tells the raging sea to be still and it listens. The God who makes blind men see and lame, walk. The God who has our very best interest in mind. The ultimate rescuer, father, and friend.
It is bizarre to me that I believe in that God, but still became overwhelmed with fear when things started not to go to plan, as if it was ever different from His plan in the first place.
If this pandemic has taught me anything, it is that I am so not in control. None of us are.
I have seen God’s power clearer than ever before. He literally stopped the entire world. Closed it down. “Important” events or schedules are suddenly, not important anymore. Almost every single person on this planet is in the exact same boat. We really are not different from one another. This virus doesn’t care how wealthy you are, what color your skin is, what your GPA is, how many bathrooms your house has, what kind of car you drive, what political side you stand on or if your Louis Vuitton bag is real. This virus doesn’t discriminate. If you are alive and breathing, you are a candidate.
My heart breaks for those who have been directly affected by this virus. There is so much pain, sorrow, and heartbreak around the world right now from people losing loved ones to this vicious sickness. My prayers and thoughts are will you all. God has a plan.
I am not saying that God caused this pandemic, but I do know that nothing passes through His hands without His authority.
Nothing passes through His hands without His authority.
If God truly does give us what we need, well, maybe we needed this. To bring families closer together, to prioritize what is actually important, to slow down, to shift our perspective, to show that we are all really not that different from one another, to bring communities together, to show that none of us are exempt from hard times, to spend more time with Him, to give up our false reality of control, to perfect your banana bread (seriously what is it with you people?), or watch more Netflix, I don’t know.
But I do know there is a reason. I encourage you to search for it. We may not know what the reason is until this is over, or we may never know. Regardless, good can still be found.
Dig for the good. It is there.
If you can’t find the good, be the good.
Lean on Him. Lean on each other. This will not last forever.
Bethel has this song, It Is Well, and it has been on repeat in my bedroom. The verse says “So let go, my soul, and trust in Him. The waves and wind still know His name.”
If the waves and wind listened to God when he commanded them to stop, I’m pretty sure a virus will listen as well.
Do not be overcome with fear, He has got this. But washing your hands won’t hurt. Stay safe, stay healthy, but most importantly, stay grounded.
Grounded in His love, His promises, His peace, His plan.
Allow Him to calm your storm.
He has got this uncontrollable situation, under control.