It was just a month ago:
I was sitting here browsing through my seed catalogs. One of my greatest joys of early Spring is imagining what to plant and getting my orders together. The birds had arrived, the grass was already turning green. Life was normal. Everyone around me went to work and school in the morning. They came home at night, they sat on their porches, they walked their dogs. They strolled up and down the streets and many of them went to church on Sunday. But not NOW…
NOW, my entire neighborhood is tucked away in their homes. Just like me, they are looking out their windows, waiting for the storm to pass. The reason they are looking out their windows; they are waiting to see what’s on the other side of this storm. They are uncertain if they can trust tomorrow.
Who would have thought a tiny virus could have stirred up such a whirlwind of a storm. Certainly not me. Storms come along in life all the time. We adjust, right? But this IS something different, it is unlike anything any of us have ever experienced. We don’t understand it. To some degree we don’t even understand how it got started. But mostly, we want something solid to hold onto, we are looking for hope to get us to the other side of this storm. Truth is, we already have something solid to hold onto:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart” may sound way too simple, but in truth it takes effort. When there’s negativity going on all around it is easy to lean in to that way of thinking, especially if fear has kept you looking in the direction of the storm. But our trust and hope is in the Lord, who never gives up and He never leaves you to try to figure it out for yourself. One of the gift’s of God’s Word is we need not depend on “our own understanding.” Isn’t that a relief?
That doesn’t mean we don’t pay attention to guidelines set before us, we want to remain safe. But our trust, our faith, and certainly our hope is left in the hands of a mighty God who has the advantage of seeing above, below, and around the chaos, directly to the path of light on the other side of the storm.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 NIV