I’d be lying if I said that I am wholly unafraid and at peace with the present circumstances going on in our world. I tend to be an anxious person who desires to know what will come next and what tomorrow will bring. It is a constant battle to align myself with God’s Word and His Holy Spirit when my own flesh and weaknesses pull me in the opposite direction, causing my peace to fray as I dwell on all of the “what ifs?”. One can feel so powerless — and yet, it is in these moments of uncertainty and hardship that God calls us to turn our attention to Him.
In Christine Caine’s book Unexpected, she writes “Faith is the path out of every obstacle and impossibility.”
Hard circumstances have a way of eroding our sense of control and self-confidence down to something of real substance — faith in Christ. It is what sustains us and carries us through every trial we face. I do not know what will happen in the coming days, but when I step outside and see the beauty in God’s creation — with how the flowers continue to bloom and how the sun continues to rise, I am met with a reflection of God’s manifold love and the faithfulness of His promises. Paul writes, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18 ).
I won’t belittle the real consequences of COVID-19 or deny that my mind is spinning with questions about tomorrow. Our day-to-day lives have experienced a major upheaval that we are all trying our best to navigate. But I do know that God’s goodness is not contingent on our fears and weaknesses, but His power is made perfect through them. Let us not waiver in seeking to draw closer to Him by continuing to be steadfast in prayer, by being the church within our community and by meditating on the loving-kindness of the Lord. He is with us, always.
I have taken some time to compile a collaborative playlist of faith-based songs that will hopefully encourage you during this time. When you need a break from the chaos, renew your heart and mind with melodies filled with hope and truth. Give it a listen, share it with a friend and add a favorite song of your own!
Join us online this week!
Looking for hope, community and some good news this week? Our Men’s and Women’s Bible studies are gathering online — invite a friend and join them! You’ll find their meeting times listed at www.ccbcfamily.org. We’re also rebroadcasting Sunday’s message throughout the week. Click here to watch it now.