When everyone else seemed to gear up and write MORE during the Covid 19 Pandemic, I chose to pull back, sit quietly and observe the crazy antics of this panicking world. I sympathize with all those who wrote MORE, and were trying to help us all through the difficult days. But I just couldn’t do it.
My greatest comfort has been summed up in this card that I received from Turning Point Ministries. A reminder that God has not forgotten me. He has a plan that exceeds this small planet we live on, our day to day lives AND is outside of our understanding of time and space. And yet, at the same time, He wants to be involved in the everyday and the mundane. He is HERE. And I must never forget.
I have taken the “COVID” opportunity to make much of my personal home and family. For so long I have been distracted by so many things. I think of Jesus’ words to Martha, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things, but only one thing is necessary; for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41,42. Mary was sitting with Jesus, listening to Him, hanging on His every Word.
We eat together more because we are home more. We got closer to our neighbors because we were traveling less. I examined my own priorities and took the advice of godly women who have poured into my life. I stepped back from responsibilities to give myself space and time to understand the heart and voice of God. We noticed what we already have and that we don’t need MORE to live better. We’ve taken responsibility for our own health by doing everything in our power to take care of ourselves. We give to those who are not as fortunate, look for opportunities to encourage the faint hearted, live simply and are okay with daily interruptions of our own schedules. Relationships are paramount because in the end, nothing else will remain. God first, and then people.
Nothing matters more than our relationship to the God Who created us for His glory. “Call on the Lord while He may be found; Call on Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 and Jeremiah, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things which you do not know.” This world seems to be altering indescribably from what we knew, but we can take comfort knowing that He “will be with us always, even until the end of the age.” Matt. 28:20.
As you go about your day, remember this: You are not alone. You are not forgotten.