Well, I’m back! I have two eyes and no longer look as frightening as I did, so it is VIDEO TIME!!!! What~ What!!!
Well hello there!
I have heard people say “fear not”. I began to think…how? How do we walk through moments like this and not give into the spirit of fear knocking on our door? The answer is simple, and hard…we are so used to getting things done under our own strength but this…we cannot do this in our own strength. We must admit our need for HIM (That’s the hard part. Putting our pride and need to be in control down)! We must turn our eyes to the Lord. We need to dive into His word. We need to spend time talking to our good good Father in heaven.
His word tells us there is a time for everything. EVERYTHING. And a SEASON for EVERY ACTIVITY!
Ecclesiastes 3 New International Version
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
THIS IS JUST ANOTHER SEASON. Yes, it is not a season we have seen for a long long time. It is disrupting our normal. This is what scares us. But His word tells us this is NORMAL! It is just a NEW SEASON! One that is uprooting what HAS BEEN to plant seeds for NEW THINGS. New ideas, new dreams, new goals will be discovered during this season! That is exciting!!! It is a season where so much looks as if it is being torn down. While this is an end of how things have been…it creates the space and place for the NEW THINGS WE ARE ABOUT TO BUILD!
We will mourn those things we lose, those things we are letting go of. We must be careful not to skip this step of letting go, of mourning the loss of what was. Or we will be tempted to go back to business as usual when this season changes. AND IT WILL CHANGE. Right now so many people are having to think out of the box to keep things going. It is scary, we had gotten so comfortable with what was. We even thought, “This is how God wants it.” And now suddenly EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT. It doesn’t mean God was not in what was. He was in that season, but it also means, He is in WHAT IS. He is in THIS SEASON TOO! Embrace what God is moving you to and through. Understand what God is asking you to let go of. AND DESIRE NEVER TO GO BACK. Don’t go back to comfortable. Stay out of the box, hand in hand with Jesus- be bold, be courageous, do not shrink back! Dance for joy, for all that God is doing in and through and for us in this season!
It is a time we must refrain from an actual physical embrace! Yes social distancing is a thing. Business and churches are shut down. Some are fighting against this out of fear. Suggesting we get back to work now, sacrificing a few for the good of all. It might even sound noble. But my bible tells me the “love of money is the root of all evil.” We can and will make more money. But we can not replace a human being. To say a human being is less important than money…IS EVIL…we must call it out.
We are in the season where we must ride out this storm til its end. The old way of life is passing away, and something new will be birthed in its place. We can not just go back to business as usual, any more than we can say to FALL “Stop right now…don’t move one day more!” All because we don’t want to see Winter come.
Seasons come and seasons go. This season will pass. Let us learn the lessons that are here for us in the midst of it. Let us embrace the blessings that it offers to us. Let us make the changes we need to make, plant the seeds for new things so that when their time comes we can reap the harvest! Let us throw away the old and pick up the new.
FAITH REQUIRES YOU TO STEP OUT OF THE BOAT….WHO’S WITH ME?! HERE COMES FREEDOM ~ HE IS MAKING ALL THINGS NEW!!!!
I have wrestled throughout the day whether to post or not post. To be honest I wasn’t “Feeling it”. I wanted to lay in bed today and let the world slip. But a small voice kept whispering into my despair, “Get up. Get moving. You are going to be OK. I have you.”
The roller coaster of human emotion that is the Pandemic COVID19, has made me a bit unsettled today. So, I took my own advice this after noon, and stopped listening to the voice of fear and panic and I breathed in Jesus and breathed out His peace.
These are unsettling times. The prevailing winds are panic and fear. But Ladies and gentlemen, we have the power to CHANGE THE NATURE OF THE WIND! Our strength does not come from how much toilet paper we have, or how many pounds of meat we hoarded. OUR STRENGTH COMES FROM THE LORD…HIS JOY dismatles fear in a second! HIS LIGHT bursts forth and decimates panic.
It is not time to shrink back in fear and woe. It is time to be STRONG AND COURAGEOUS. When everything in us screams, “You can’t handle this storm.” Breathe in Jesus and Breathe out, “I AM THE STORM!!!” Let’s change the very nature of the prevailing winds from fear and panic, lack and greed; to that of LOVE and JOY , COMMUNITY and UNITY!
Stop looking at the grocery store as if it will save you. Take a breath and recognize where your help comes from!
I lift up my eyes to the hills– where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
The Lord is not shocked over what is happening. He is standing in the midst of this with us. Together (with the Lord) we are UNSTOPPABLE!