Hey guys, I hope you’re doing well. It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, which I do apologize for. Life has been crazy the past few months, if you don’t know by now I have a new job. I finally got adjusted to the position I was at and bam, I got a promotion. Now this isn’t something I’m complaining about. I’m very grateful for my promotion but with that comes a new school, new kids, new parents so it takes some adjusting. Then of course like with the rest of the world, the Coronavirus came and put nearly every part of life on hold. Leaving me unsure of when I was gonna see my students again.
There is a lot of uncertainty going on in everyone’s lives right now. That’s what I wanted to talk about in today’s post. I want to speak about how we can lean into God in these times of uncertainty. I want to share with you how we can find comfort in the truth that the maker of Heaven and Earth is going to get us through these uncertain times.
Cast Your Anxieties on Him
This virus that has taken over the globe has been causing a lot of anxiety for people. Understandably, each day there seems to be more people who have it, who die from it and yet we still know so little about the actual virus. Then add on top of it all the people who are out of a job, out of child care, have to carry on with their full time job and now be a home school teacher, it’s a rough time in the world. In these times of anxiety and chaos I find it important to remember what God tells us in the Bible,
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
-1 Peter 5:7-11
Let’s Break it Down
Breaking down the Bible is not something I usually do because frankly, I don’t feel I’m knowledgeable enough too. However, there are a couple parts of this passage that I want to go through with you, and relate it back to the current pandemic we are facing. First one, Verse 7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” God understands that we are all scared right now. He knows we’re anxious about family members or neighbors falling ill or about how we’re going to pay our bills because we can’t get through to the unemployment offices.
I don’t believe God is telling us to not be anxious about things. I believe what God is saying here is to invite him into your anxiety. God never intended for us to face global pandemics like this alone, He wants us to turn to him and pray to him about what we are feeling. I find it important to remember those words “because he cares for you.” In a world where everyone is thinking about themselves and how much toilet paper they can get their hands on, we have a God that cares so deeply for us.
The next verse’s I want to go into are Verse 9 & 10, they say “standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of suffering. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you.” I think these are the most relatable verse’s to what we are currently going through. The entire world is suffering through this virus right now, and the havoc that it’s wrecking on everyone’s life. However, if we stand firm in our faith during these times of suffering God will see us through to the other side. If we rally together as the Children of God, we will get back to the life that we so mindlessly take for granted.
Use This Time for Stillness
Something that this time in isolation has taught me is, how awful as a society we are at being still. Even myself, a proud self proclaimed homebody find myself getting restless. This is a gift given to us from God, to get still with him. We always are saying things like
- “I don’t have time to read my Bible”
- “I’m too busy to speak to God”
- “I’m a pro at handling all this, I don’t need God”
- “If he’s the all knowing God, why does he need me to tell him whats on my mind? Doesn’t he already know?”
- “Sitting still is boring”
- “I don’t even know what to pray about”
Those are all excuse that get in the way of our relationship with God. He has now given us all the time in the world to turn to Him. I encourage you to find a way that you can get close to God in this time of isolation.
For me, writing this blog post is a way I’m feeling closer to God. Earlier today for my Bible Study, I read something about how God put us on earth to find our calling and work with Him in creating human flourishing. We are meant to help create a world where God can be with his people. That really stuck with me and is what inspired me to write this post. This will be the first blog post that I’ve released in probably over a month, but God gave me this gift of writing that I hardly knew I had. He gave me his platform of my blog to share the love and kindness He constantly shows me even through my imperfections. I can’t let that go to waste.
We Will Make it Through
As I’m writing this post it’s currently 12:30 in the morning, so I do hope it makes sense. Like I always say in my faith posts, I am not trying to push my faith on anyone. I just felt God pulling on my heart to write this post and put it out into the world. Which is why it probably has a bit of a raw and ramblely feel to it. It feels like my way of helping and providing some calm.
What I really want you all to get out of this post is that, with a little faith and compliance with our local health officials we will get through this pandemic. We will be back at work, back at the bars, on the beach, having house parties just like before. Cast your anxieties on the Lord. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, STAY INSIDE.
Thanks for stopping by, until next time…
Be Nice. Be Good.