Who knew a headline would set my heart to racing? “California Orders Lockdown for State’s 40 Million Residents.”
How long before other states follow California’s example?
I’m not a woman normally given to fear. And yet, with all the talk of the high toll on human life this virus has the potential to steal, my heart is on edge. With all the uncertainty of this time, my mind has trouble shutting off. I’m trying not to fear, and to trust the Lord. And the smallest happenings seem to amplify my feelings, unsettling my thoughts.
I mean, since when does it stress me out if our trash can isn’t out as the garbage truck rolls down the opposite side of the street?
Literally, I heard the truck and my mind went to, “What if we miss them picking up the trash? Where will we take it? We can’t wait another week for a pick up.”
I kind of wonder if God was shaking His head at me with a half-smile on His face, thinking, “Jeanne, Jeanne. Do you think this is that big of a problem?”
Of course, I don’t. But I’m realizing I feel out of control of everything right now. I can’t control the virus (duh). I can’t control how our city, state, and national leaders respond to what’s happening.
We’re behind the curve on this one. I think everyone would love to be the force shaping the outcome of this time rather than being shaped/controlled by where the virus is spreading.
The average person has no control over whether or not we go to work, keep doctor’s appointments, drive our kids to activities.
That’s all been controlled for us. I’m not complaining. We want to see this virus eradicated. But one small mama can’t do much toward that end.
Right now, my family’s life is shaped by what’s going on. Instead of being ahead of the curve, the curve has dented the image I had of how our life would look right now.
Here are four truths I’m learning in this uncertain season:
1. Prayer is powerful. People are joining together on social media, over text, over the phone to pray. God hears the prayers of His children. We may not see immediate results, but He hears, and He acts. Praying together calms our spirits.
2. Though almost everything is out of our control, God’s still got each of His children. Our Father still holds us in the palm of His hand. Even though we can’t determine state/country lockdowns, we can control how we respond and interact with the world around us.
Even if that world has grown very small.
3. Sometimes, it’s a moment-by-moment choosing to lean into the Lord and not into our feelings. When a small thing sets our heart a’ racing
…whether it’s a news story (personally, I’d recommend we turn off the news for now),
. . . an account by a friend,
. . . A story we read on social media
or . . . the trash truck rolling by and our trash can not being out and ready to be picked up
We need to choose to lean into the Creator of the universe . . .
The One who’s not surprised by any of this . . .
Our Father who loves us more than words can say.
We must remember that, though this pandemic is bigger than we are and wields a lot of control over our lives,
Our Father is bigger still.
We are loved by One who watches over millions and yet still sees us.
4. Focusing on God’s character brings us peace when we remember Who He is.
Our Father isn’t limited by human means. He isn’t restricted by the things this pandemic is doing. He isn’t canceling His character in fear of what this pandemic can do.
He is still God.
He is still living and active.
He is still omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.
When we lean into the reality of who God is—when we choose to trust Him more than what we’re seeing/hearing/reading—He gives us a broader perspective.
And He gives us His peace.
And don’t we all need some peace for our spirits right now?
Let’s choose to lean into the Father who reigns above all of this.
What about you? How are you handling the restrictions in your life right now? What’s helping you find peace in the midst of the uncertainty?
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