By Darlene Winans
It’s a difficult season we live in – COVID-19 has caused a huge shift in how we live our lives. Social distancing, hand washing, gloves & masks, quarantine, stay-at-home orders, lay-offs, closed businesses and restaurants, church online – a lot has changed in a very short time. The daily, hourly, up-to-the-minute updates on the coronavirus fill the news on TV, radio, and internet. The numbers of infected Americans and those infected worldwide, as well as the numbers who have died from the virus rise daily at what seems an exponential rate. The stressors and reminders are everywhere.
I was thinking I was handling all these new stresses of life pretty well. New protocols? OK, I can handle that. Church online? I can adapt. Reduced hours? We’ll tighten our budget and work things out. Increasing numbers of those infected or dead from coronavirus? My heart grieves, but no time for that – push onward, girl. I was constantly pushing my emotions downward and trying to push through all of this in my own strength. Thinking I was doing OK, it seems my emotions were closer to the surface than I thought. Hey, I’m an emotional person anyways, but this is different. I tear up easily, I’m quick to snap at my husband, I get frustrated easily. I’m not handling this very well at all.
Where was God in this picture? He was there, waiting for me to come to Him. Waiting to fill me with His strength and peace. But I had to first come to Him – daily, hourly, sometimes minute-by-minute. Friends, we can’t do this on our own. We can’t live in this season of stress and challenges without turning to the Lord for help.
You may have doubts in your mind. Trust God. You may be stressed over your budget, and whether you’ll make it financially this month, or next month. Trust God. Maybe you had big plans for 2020 and they were cancelled or put on hold. Trust God. You may wonder if you or someone you love will get COVID-19. Trust God.
The word of God contains over fifty scriptures about trusting God. Several of them are listed here for you. Trust God, friends.
The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalm 28:7
Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matt 6:26
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:3