My husband brought one of our dogs to the vet on Monday. They called it “curbside service.” One of the ladies came out to the car to retrieve our dog and bring him inside. But my husband had to stay outside. This is just one of many changes we have seen over the past few weeks. There is no doubt that we are all in new territory. We all have had to completely change our lives. And we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. But as Christians, we do know Who holds tomorrow. And that makes a world of difference. Here are a few things I learned to do during all of this:
1 – Limits. I have to limit how much time I listen to the news and how much time I talk about this with others. Too much time causes me to have more fear. But as children of God, our faith should be greater than our fear.
Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. – Psalm 16:5
2 – Focus. It is vital to keep our focus on God. When we are facing a storm, He can calm the storm. When we are facing a mountain, He can move the mountain. Yes, this pandemic is serious business. But our God is bigger than anything and everything.
I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. – Psalm 16:8
3 – Praise. When I have felt anxious or worried, I praised God. This always helps turn my feelings around. It is a reminder of just how magnificent our God is. He is bigger than what we are facing.
I will praise the Lord who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. – Psalm 16:7
4 – Psalms. This falls in line with Praise. I have been reading through the book of Psalms. This is bringing me peace and comfort in the midst of storm.
Keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. – Psalm 16:1
5 – Pray. Praying to God about what’s weighing on our hearts is important. He hears all of our prayers. And more than that, He wants to hear from us. Prayer helps bring peace in the battle.
I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” – Psalm 16:2
6 – Gratitude. I have been grateful for so many things in the midst of this. The things we are grateful for might vary with each of us. Thank God if you still have your job, if you have not had to do without food, if you have loved ones to spend time with, if you have neighbors who look out for you, etc. There are many things we can find to be grateful for in all of this.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body will also rest secure. – Psalm 16:9
7 – God is still God. One evening in the midst of all this, my husband and I were walking around our yard, as we talked about some of the latest developments. Meanwhile, my friend Lorraine also texted me about some things she heard. All of the news was weighing heavy on my heart. But then God showed up and opened my eyes. The sun was setting and I noticed how beautiful it was. It felt like the world was falling apart… but in the midst of chaos, the sunset was still a beautiful sight. I felt God reminding me that “God is still God.” No matter what we are facing, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Which means we can rely on Him in the good times and in the worst of times. My worry was replaced with peace, as I felt the Lord remind me that He was still there. (The picture below is of this particular sunset I am talking about.)
You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. – Psalm 16:11
Ultimately, this should be a time when we cling to the Lord and grow closer to Him. He is there for us at all times. He will help us get through anything, when we run into His arms.