I haven’t said much about all of the stuff going on in our world today because, quite honestly, I have enough drama going on in my daily life without getting involved in all of these issues. However, I wanted to offer you some encouragement today.
This has been a difficult time. Having everything shut down and not knowing if we were fixing to face another bubonic plague was difficult. Finding toilet paper for the kids was difficult. Realizing this was not another plague but still having to be cooped up with the kids was difficult. Losing my sanity became a much bigger concern for me than getting corona. Add to this the rising cost of groceries, having to educate your children, having to entertain your children because you can’t go anywhere, and having to cook 15 meals a day for your kids…it was overwhelming. It may have made you miss your husband who would’ve been your rock during such a time. Some of you may have lost your income. Some of you may have still had to work but struggled to figure out what to do with your kids. It’s been a difficult time and a lonely time, especially for single moms.
Add to this all of the upheaval going on in our country today. Some of you may live in places where the danger from riots is very close to home. Others may simply be heartbroken watching these events unfold in the news. Regardless, it can make you feel lonely and isolated. Even though churches have opened back up, our’s has scaled back activities considerably, and all children’s and youth activities are still suspended. It’s hard.
So how do you keep on going when the world around you is falling apart? By looking to the Lord who is still on the throne. He’s still in control, even though the world is still broken. We can claim the words of Habbakuk 3 – “though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.” (v. 17-19)
We have to get to a place with God where we trust his plan, even when our circumstances are uncertain or lacking. I love that these verses say that God will make me tread on “my high places.” This is a gradual thing. He gradually helps us climb up the mountain, step by step. He gradually, through trials and tears, modifies our feet so that we can tread on our high places. Note that our high places are not the same as everyone else’s. Don’t be looking to someone else’s mountaintop. You’re liable to slip and fall off your cliff. Dear friend, just focus on your mountain and your journey. Trust that God will make your path straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6) He will. Even during these crazy, chaotic, and uncertain times.
P.S. Here’s a link to a book that’s sweet and encouraging.