So many people are being impacted by this virus … jobs lost, hours cut, pay lost, children out of school, and the list goes on. Then, of course, and of the most urgent are those who are suffering from separation from loved ones. Many people are in harm’s way daily and many are needing desperate prayers of healing. My focus is on prayer and encouragement.
During this time, draw close to the One who is in control. I know you are scared for yourself and your family. I know you feel separated from the world. This may not be as bad as it appears as it is an opportunity for us to depend on Him and leave the world behind. We have become so immersed in the world today that I fear He has not heard from us as He should have. He has a plan, and He needs for us to get on board and walk in faith.
There are many who are truly alone during these times. Not everyone is blessed with a spouse to walk through these difficult times with. Not everyone has children who are supportive and available. Not everyone has the resources to just wait this out. Not everyone has the strong faith that it takes to push away the fear and the anxieties. Some truly feel alone, but you are not alone. God said He would never leave us nor forsake us. I am here for you. If you need prayer, please reach out! You don't have to do this alone.
Your journey is setting the stage for someone else. I found this out firsthand. Last week I had an incident occur that literally took the breath out of me when I first received the call. I thought, “Oh no, not now!” However, ‘not now’ would have come regardless of when this had happened. I just did not need this on top of everything else.
I wiped my tears and I literally hit my knees and sung the song, “This Is How I Fight My Battles”. To make a long story short, after 48 hours of intense prayer and crying out to God (while walking in faith and steadily pushing out the fear), I came through on the other side victorious. However, this is where the real victory came … I had someone say to me, “I am so glad things worked out for you. You definitely handled it better than I did when it happened to me.” BINGO! Door open … faith spewed out … opportunity to share where my strength and peace came from.
Remember that someone is always watching. What are they seeing from you? Don’t hide your fear … don’t act strong when you are not. Just show the world where you get the strength to overcome and from whom. At first this person saw me break, for maybe every bit of 5 minutes. Then, I slid away to the bathroom, hit my knees, and returned victorious. I am doing the same thing these days. As I started my day today with much anxiousness trying to stir in the pit of my gut, I hit my knees and gathered up enough strength to carry me through today. I don’t need enough for tomorrow as today is my focus. Don’t look ahead … don’t stress over what may or may not be in your tomorrow. Hit your knees, gather up enough strength for the battles of today, and press on. Be the faith that someone else needs.