If you’re like me, sometimes what we don’t know is the most unsettling. Especially in uncertain times like this.
I am thinking of you and praying for you today, friend. I may not know exactly what you are experiencing in this moment, but I can relate to the anxious feelings of uncertainty about today and tomorrow, the questions of what do we do now?, and trying to feel our way in what feels like darkness through this unprecedented, unparalleled time in life.
Some moments I’m finding myself really strong. At others, I’m far from it. This pendulum of my emotions swings often and unexpected. I find the more news I read, the more agitated and unsettled I get. And, the more I pray and keep my focus on Jesus, the more peace I have. Do you find this to be true, too?
No, we may not know what will happen in the days to come. Or how long things will be canceled. Or how this pandemic will affect the economy, our nation, our people. We may not know how this will all play out. But let’s think of what we do know. Let’s focus on that today.
Let’s look at what we do know.
We know God is good.
Yes, God is good and He has a plan. He brings good out of what appears to not be good. He brings beauty from ashes. We can trust He’s going to bring good out of this, too. God is the one in control, and thankfully, we don’t have to be. We can rest in this truth today.
Find out for yourself how good the Lord is. Happy are those who find safety with him.Psalm 34:8 GNT
We know people are important.
Now, maybe more than ever, we are reminded the people around us are important. Our families, our friends, our neighbors. Each and every person matters. How can you can I show them they matter through this time of social distancing? We can reach out to them through the phone, through Face Time, through Google Hangouts, through a note in the mail. Now is a great time to invest in the lives of those important to us.
We know what we do matters.
How we spend our time and what we do matter. Will we follow the suggestions of those in authority? Will we be diligent to follow excellent hygiene habits? Are we listening, reading, watching what’s positive and uplifting, or are we getting dragged down into the muck? Are we willing to be leaders of hope and inspire others to be positive influences as well? Your example might just be the one that helps another.
We know faith is stronger than fear.
Max Lucado said in a video this morning, “When we feed our faith, fear is starved. When we feed our fear, faith is starved.” What are we feeding? Our faith or our fear? Let’s feed our faith by pulling out our Bible and reading some Psalms or Proverbs. Or listening to praise music. Or reading a devotional. Even spending time talking With God. Click here to receive encouragement from me in your inbox. Feeding our faith will help us be a light in this world.
God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.2 Timothy 1:7
This makes all the difference in uncertain times like this.
What are some things you know? How are you applying them to your life right now? I’d love to read them. What you know and share may be the encouragement another needs today.
I’m praying for you and believing the best. Take care of yourself, friend.
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God will bring good from this not good situation!