Our boys completed their school year from home, as did most American students.
Nine weeks of staying at home (except for buying a few groceries and taking morning walks).
Nine weeks of together time.
Nine weeks of trying to figure out what life should look like in this pandemic-defined world.
And there are still days when I wonder if we’ll ever move beyond the restrictions, the sometimes tedium, the testing of boundaries by our sons. There are days when I wonder if everything will ever be okay again.
And my problems are the small ones. Mine are the dealing mostly with the pandemic issues.
Many friends grapple with much bigger, more grave situations . . .
Parents having a heart attack
Children receiving scary, painful diagnoses
Siblings taken down by COVID19
Whether what we face right now is “big” or seemingly small, this is the time to put feet to our faith. We can no longer sit back and say, “Yes, I’m I a Christian,” but live in fear, in complacency.
Our faith is held to the fire that tests. Do we believe God’s word or don’t we? Do we believe He is who He says He is, or do we not?
Here’s the thing I keep running up against . . .
These are hard hard times. We haven’t faced a pandemic on this scale in over one hundred years. We don’t know how to “do pandemics.” We’re feeling our way forward, almost as one who is blind. We haven’t seen the kind of unrest we’re currently seeing in a long time. And honestly, sometimes, I feel helpless to stem any of it. I find it easier to shrink back into my small life and live from a place of control.
But, this is why we must decide what we really believe about God and His word. Because our choices reflect our beliefs. If I try to control my circumstances, I am not living in faith, I’m living in fear.
When life feels overwhelming, when hard things keep piling on our shoulders, that’s when faith can shine. That’s when we can lean hard into our Father and rest in Him. That’s when we can live out loud more, because we’re choosing to walk in His strength.
I’ve heard this thought in two different ways now.
“It’ll all be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” ~Lauraine Snelling, author
“If everything’s not okay yet, everything’s not over yet.” ~Ann Voskamp, author
I’ve said it before. Trials have a beginning point and an ending point. In time, this pandemic will ebb and wane into the memories of our collective history. It’s possible we’re witnessing the beginning of this now.
But, we’re still living each moment in real time. How will we live? Will we choose to walk in faith? Will we live out the things we’ve declared we believe? Because now is the time to allow what we know about God’s character and what we’ve read in His word to guide us.
Now is the season where our choices will either point people to Jesus or direct them toward despair.
When we live with the perspective that God is real and He is working, even when we can’t see Him, we can find peace even in the uncertainty.
When we offer God our pain and our disappointment . . .
. . . when we choose to trust that He’s working things out so they’ll be okay in our lives and our hearts,
. . . that’s living out faith.
As states begin to open for business again, there’s uncertainty and even fear. Is it really safe? Will the virus surge the curve again?
We must choose to let faith overrule fear in our hearts. Whether the problems we face are small or seemingly insurmountable, there is a Father who cares for us and walks with us. Let’s live like this is true.
What about you? What has most tested your faith in the past few months? What is helping you to live in faith rather than fear in this unprecedented time in our history?
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