How are you faring in the midst of this very special time in history? I can guess that you are trying to adjust as quickly as I am.
Last Friday, three things happened for me all the same time- the Corona Virus got real in the US, my youngest who has Type One Diabetes got a fever and we decided as a staff to not have church onsite and moved it all to online. For a church of around 3000, that took a lot of communicating and prepping for all five services to be online. I wasn’t a part of much of it as I was on lockdown with my teenager as the reality of protecting and caring for him means with Covid-19 set in. I stayed home. One thing I have learned in the last two years since his diagnosis is that the common cold can wreak havoc with his blood sugar levels and make his sick days miserable. With Covid-19 on the horizon and already here at the same time, he is at higher risk for complications. I also began to feel “not right” by Friday night and had a low-grade fever. So I rested, cleaned, did laundry and watched the world change before my eyes. Soon anxious thoughts began to swirl in my mind as I watched the things happening so fast, we could barely keep up.
As of today, the fever is gone for my son and for me. Whatever his body was fighting has been dealt with and his blood sugars are back to normal. I am working from home through FaceTime, phone calls and Zoom Meetings.
Yes, things are changing and we will change with them. One thing that will never change is who Jesus is, what He has done and His plan for each one of us. The New Testament book of Hebrews was written to a group of people whose whole world was being turned upside down and they were being challenged in ways you and I have yet to face. In Chapter 13, the author wraps up the book by encouraging the Hebrews in Rome to remain generous, reach out to those in need because God will not abandon them or leave them without support.
Yes, things are changing, but Jesus does not: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NLT
Beloved, times are changing and how we spend our time in the next two weeks (or more) will change as well.
For this season, here are three important things to remember to do:
1. Acknowledge and process the fear that this season causes by daily spending time with God in prayer. Give Him your anxious thoughts and freely receive His love-laden peace that passes all understanding. Psalms 139:23-24
2. Be intentional about filling your heart and mind with life, faith, and hope. Right Now Media is a free resource that is available through our website that has faith-filled shows for your kiddos and excellent Bible Studies for you. Use this as a gift from us to balance out the tidal wave of fear that can overwhelm you during this time. Ephesians 3:14-21
3. Care for yourself as you care for others. Eat good, healthy food – you are worth it. Go for a walk and get under the sky. Connect with a good friend or prayer partner. Do something every day that fills up your soul. Ephesians 5:15
For all Seasons, here are three important reminders of who you are and what you have in Him:
1. Assured Agape – you are loved with an unshakeable love by God your Father. Ephesians 1: 3
2. Beautifully Beloved – the favor and love of God your Father shines upon you always. Ephesians 3:17
3. Calm Confidence – because you are loved, you can live in calm confidence in all situations. Ephesians 2:10
I am praying that the Lord will fill you with His presence, His power and His peace as you lead and care for others during this season.
– Pastor Cindy Grasso
Please leave a comment with your answer…
How you are staying connected to God and others during this time?
What are you doing each day to fill your soul?
What Scripture is encouraging you right now?